FORT GREENE — An attacker hurled an anti-gay slur at a man walking home with his husband and hit him in the leg with a stick, police said.
The victim was walking with his husband near Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue around 9:16 p.m. on Feb. 28 when 60-year-old Loudal Baez called him a "f----t" and told the men they were a “disgrace,” police and prosecutors said.
When one of the men confronted Baez and asked him what his problem was, the suspect grabbed a stick from a nearby garbage bin and hit him on the thigh, breaking the stick and bruising the victim, police said.
Baez fled after the attack, but officers were able to catch up with him shortly after, police said.
He was charged assault as a hate crime, menacing, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of a weapon, prosecutors said.
Attorney information for Baez was not immediately available.
Baez is currently being held on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to next appear in court on March 22, records show.
A city Department of Correction spokesman said Baez was arrested in 1997 without providing further details.