A man who says he was the victim of an anti-gay attack in Manhattan last month says he's happy police made an arrest.
Alfonso Lanier, 23, of West 27th Street has been arraigned on charges of assault as a hate crime.
Investigators say he and another man attacked Michael Felenchak and Peter Notman near West 25th Street and Ninth Avenue on August 14.
They told police that the two suspects made homophobic remarks before punching and kicking them.
"I'm very happy that the NYPD went through with this because even if this were just 10 years ago, they wouldn't investigate hate crimes against LGBT people, and a lot of people are afraid to come forward about things like this," Felenchak said.
Felenchak and Notman were treated for cuts and bruises.
Police are still looking for a second attacker.