Police: Victims Were Kicked, Punched While Suspects Yelled Slurs

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Four young men were charged Monday in an alleged anti-gay attack on Long Island that left one of the victims seriously injured.

The four suspects were walking down Deer Park Avenue in Babylon around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when they asked two men for directions to the train station, according to Suffolk County police. They went on to punch, kick and shove the two men while using anti-gay slurs, police said.

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A witness saw the attack and called 911.

Police later arrested Gregory Gilbert, 20; Shane Buckley, 18; Nicholas Battaglia, 18; and Justin Buckley, 17, all of Oceanside. All the suspects were charged with two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime, while Gilbert, Battaglia and Shane Buckley were also charged with second-degree gang assault.

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The victims were taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip. One was reported in serious condition with unspecified injuries, while the other was treated and released, police said.

The suspects were due for arraignment Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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