London police are now searching for two men in connection with a homophobic hate crime that happened on the subway there in October. A London teen boy was traveling with his friends on Oct. 21, at around 11:10 p.m.. The offenders boarded the train a few stops later and began verbally abusing the victim and his friends using homophobic language.
How the London teen attack went down
A British Transport Police spokesperson said, “When challenged, they became more aggressive. The first offender then pulled the victim from his seat into a headlock, strangling him.”
“The second offender took the victim’s phone and verbally abused him again, also making threats to stab him.”
“They demanded the victim apologize for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to breathe. They then let him go and handed back his phone and a fight ensued between the victim’s friends and the offenders.”
While the 19-year-old victim did not sustain any injuries from the violent attack, one of his friends did. A 25-year-old woman sustained some bruising after she was punched and pushed to the ground.
Police are asking for the public for help identifying the violent perps. They circulated images of the two men on their website.
“If you recognize them, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 273 of 1/12,” the website reads.
“Hate crimes will not be tolerated by British Transport Police. We believe that everyone has the right to travel safety. We won’t tolerate behavior where someone is targeted because they are perceived to be different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey,” the British Transport Police wrote.