NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man who was was bashed over the head with a chair at a Chelsea restaurant Tuesday spoke exclusively to CBS2’s Dave Carlin about the incident.
The attack happened during a shocking brawl that was caught on video, and police believe the victim may have been targeted because he is gay. Police have since launched a hate crime investigation.
The incident took place shortly after 11 p.m. at the Dallas BBQ at 261 Eighth Ave., during what was reported to be a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
A video posted to YouTube and Instagram by witness Isaam Sharef showed a man being flung to the floor and kicked as others screamed, “Stop!”
Warning: Some May Find Video Disturbing
After Jonathan Snipes’ partner pulls him away, a bearded, suit-wearing, six-foot-four man grabbed a wooden chair, heaved it up high and then down on to the head of Snipes. Snipes slumps in the chair, while his partner collapses to the floor.
Following the attack, a photo published by DNAInfo showed Snipes with cuts on his head and near his ear.
Later, he had a ball-cap over the wounds when he spoke to CBS2 about his shock and pain.
“At this moment, we’re just going to get home. We’re going to rest. We haven’t been able to sleep yet because of the head injury that was sustained,” Snipes said.
Snipes spent hours talking to Detectives with NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, telling them a dinner date was underway when the drink spilled, and the suspect sitting at another table allegedly made an anti-gay slur.
He said the two fought. Snipes said his boyfriend intervened, and the suspect is seen violently pushing
Snipes to the ground.
Afterward, it appears the much larger man is stomping on Snipes.
“He was on the floor being stomped — like he was stomping to kill,” Sharef said. “Like, it was violently dangerous. It was out of control to even see it.”