A white woman and her black boyfriend were targeted by two
idiotsBrooklyn, N.Y., men who are accused of shouting racial slurs and threatening to “lynch” the boyfriend before actually viciously beating him, according to court papers.
The New York Post reports that the woman and her boyfriend were walking together over the weekend when 25-year-old Bernard Szurant and 27-year-old Rudolph Evmeneko attacked them at around 5:40 a.m. Saturday.
“This is our neighborhood you fucking nigger! Get out of here!” the duo shouted, threatening to “crack” the man’s skull open, according to the report. “We’re going to lynch you, you fucking charcoal burner!”
The duo then jumped the boyfriend, repeatedly punching him in the head, according to the report. The man had to be treated for bruising and swelling on his face, as well as a contusion on his arm from when he tried to defend himself.
“I feel like I’m back 50 years ago or something,” the woman, who was identified as only “Anna” told the New York Daily News.
“Being attacked for [our races] — it’s the first time,” she added. “I’ve never felt any hate from people that live here.”
Anna told the Daily News that she and her boyfriend, identified only as “John,” were planning to celebrate their sixth anniversary when they ran into their assailants.
“They were basically torturing [John],” she said. “They couldn’t hit him because he’s tall and they were smaller, [but] they literally attached to his body and wouldn’t let go. Like leeches.”
John said he was more concerned about his girlfriend’s safety and ensuring that the men couldn’t get to her.
“They said something about ‘I want to lynch your ass’ or something like that. They know enough about black history to know that, apparently,” John added.
“A couple times they feigned that they had a weapon, acted like they had a gun, and that was a bit unnerving,” John said. “I said to him, ‘You’re not a man if you can’t use your hands.’”
The Daily News reports that Anna tried to call 911, but Evmenenko knocked the cellphone out of her hand before resuming beating up on John.
“This was going on all the way until the cops literally pulled up in the car and they grabbed them off of him,” Anna said. “[John] didn’t want to cause serious injuries. ... He was a professional boxer years ago. He knows how to protect himself from hits.”
As police took both men into custody, Szurant continued to struggle, even threatening the black NYPD detective who was detaining him.
“I know you,” Szurant said, according to authorities. “I know where you work. I am going to come to the 61st Precinct and fucking kill you, you fucking nigger.”
Both Szurant and Evmenenko are facing charges of assault, menacing, criminal mischief and harassment. (What does it take to get a hate crime up in there? Asking for a friend.) Szurant is also facing additional charges of harassment for threatening the detective.
Despite all of that, the violent pair were released from jail following a brief arraignment Sunday, although they were ordered to stay away from Anna and John.