Police say they've arrested a man in an alleged hate crime attack on two gay men who were holding hands as they left a movie theater in Chelsea last month.
Alfonso Lanier, 23, of Chelsea, was arrested Tuesday on hate crime charges of assault and aggravated harassment, police said.
A phone number was not listed for Lanier; it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
The victims, a gay couple, had left the Chelsea Cinemas just after midnight on Aug. 14 when they were confronted by two men on West 24th Street.
One said "what are you looking at, you f------."
The attackers then started punching the victims while hurling anti-gay slurs. Police say four more men approached, who were believed to be friends of the suspects, and joined in the assault.
The victims were both taken to the hospital, one with a bruise to the head and the other with a wound under his bottom lip that required seven stitches.