Interracial couple attacked in NYC

Billie and Jacob James-Vogel had just ended a joyous birthday celebration, when their fun evening took a tragic turn. As they left a Long Island City, N.Y. bar, the couple and a gay friend were attacked by a group of men.

The men hurled gay and racial slurs at the group before physically assaulting them just steps away from the restaurant.

According to NBC New York, the altercation began when one of the attackers kissed Billie James-Vogel, and her husband stepped in.  James-Vogel and the man exchanged words before the couple was attacked.

Billie broke her toe and suffered other minor injuries during the assault; Jacob, who was celebrating his 40th birthday that evening, suffered a black eye, cuts and bruises.

Long Island City is a hip neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. and Billie told NBC she was shocked she and her husband were victims of what appears to be a hate crime.

“I’m afraid to walk down the street; I’m afraid they might come back for us,” she said. “In this day and age, in this neighborhood, it just kills me.”

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  • I hope that the attackers are caught and punished. Crimes like this (hate crimes) should not be sugar-coated! No one has the right to attack ANYONE just because they don’t like something about them. My heart goes out to the couple and their friend who were attacked by bigots who don’t have lives of their own and couldn’t mind their own damn business. A$$holes!!

  • Pearsrevealed

    We should take note that one of the men arrested has a Greek name. ABC News Nightline recently aired a story about xenophobia in Greece. A small but extremely hostile and vocal group of Grecians are pushing for the expulsion of all 3 million immigrants from their country. They are even trying to recruit Greek expats in Germany and New York City and other places to support their cause. It’s like Hitler all over again.

    • cupcakes and shiraz

      You’re talking about Golden Dawn. They just set up a chapter in Astoria.

  • The RealKay

    Wow. I really hope they find these idiots and prosecute them! Damn shame.