Las Vegas police have arrested two men for the brutal attack of a gay couple in front of their Las Vegas home, Fox 5 reports.
Charles Clements and boyfriend Vincent Shaver were beaten and stabbed with broken glass November 29 outside their apartment building as neighbors watched and did nothing. Both victims went to the hospital, where Shaver was treated for two broken ribs and a punctured lung.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Kealan Abraham, 34, and Andre Duncan, 39, were charged with battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, and conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.
Abraham and Duncan had followed the couple home after Clements picked up Shaver from work at Walmart. The couple believes they were specifically targeted because of their sexuality.
During the attack, the men knocked over a glass table on the front porch. “There was a lot of glass on the floor so the guy came around,” Clements recalls, referring to Abraham. “He picked up the glass. I was like, ‘Don’t do that.’ And he started stabbing my boyfriend in the back. The guy was kicking him in his ribs.”
Police say the suspects stopped and drove away after noticing how much Clements and Shaver were bleeding.
“I never been through nothing like this in my life,” says Clements, who was also hit in the head with a piece of glass. “I was so scared.”
Shaver told police he recognized Abraham as a man he worked with at Walmart. He also claims Abraham and Duncan had threatened him at work because he’s gay.
“It was all about gay bashing,” Clements insists. “The guy came up to my boyfriend’s job, calling him an abomination, calling him ’fag.’”
“Stuff like that is crazy when you say that to somebody,” Shaver adds. “You know just because I’m different from you, doesn’t mean I’m an abomination or I’m not supposed to be here.”
While Duncan admits he “fought” with Shaver, kicking him several times, he says the attack was not a hate crime, according to the arrest report. Abraham also admits to fighting but says it was “not hate motivated.”
Clements and Shaver are “happy” their attackers have been arrested, Fox 5 reports, but they want to know why police aren’t treating the attack as a hate crime.
“He was telling me I was an abomination,” Shaver says of Abraham during the attack. “You’re just saying something about my sexuality, how I’m living my life. That’s hatred. So why not be charged for it?”
“They were calling us faggots and all type of stuff,” Shaver continues. “If that’s all you can say and do? What is it? You hate us.”
“I’m always going to be who I am. And I’m not going to deny it for anybody.”
Clements and Shaver have moved out of the apartment and are staying with family. Shaver, who still has dozens of stitches on his back, is using a breathing tool to strengthen his punctured lung and plans to return to work next week.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over it,” Clements says.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the couple’s medical bills and other expenses.