Suspects In Gay-Bashing Of Miami Couple Surrender, Could Face Hate Crime Charges

The four men are out on bail awaiting trial.

Four men have surrendered to police following an attack on a gay couple holding hands at the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday.

One suspect reportedly yelled a homophobic slur in Spanish at Rene Charlarca and Dmitry Logunov before he and the others began repeatedly punching and kicking the couple, who were chased by their attackers as they ran for safety. Both men were left with cuts and bruises, and Logunov was temporarily knocked unconscious.

Additionally Helmut Muller Estrada, a witness who tried to intervene, was knocked out after hitting his head on the concrete. Estrada was left with a large gash on his head that required four stitches.

On Tuesday, Miami Beach Police confirmed the suspects surrendered through their attorney. They have been identified as Adonis David Diaz, 21; Juan Carlos Lopez, 21; Luis M. Alonso Piovet, 20; and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21. All four have been charged with three counts of aggravated battery and were released on bail while awaiting trial.

State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle indicated the city’s Hate Crimes Unit has been working with authorities since Sunday and will “evaluate this incident thoroughly.”

Charlaca told NBC News 6 it was clear he and Logunov were attacked because of they were gay and showing affection in public.

The attack was “despicable to see and hear about, especially during a week when we celebrate our diversity,” said Mayor Dan Gelber in a statement. “Our city actively embraces its diversity and inclusivity and we want everybody to feel like it’s a safe space to be here.”

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