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Four men arrested for brutally attacking gay couple in Austin

Four men arrested for brutally attacking gay couple in Austin

Austin couple Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry who were attacked by a group of men

Four men have been arrested in connection with the brutal assault of a gay couple in Austin, Texas last January.

Austin police said they received an anonymous tip sent to their Crime Stoppers line helped them arrest the suspects.

Spencer Deehring, 23, and Tristan Perry, 22, left a gay club holding hands in downtown Austin in the early hours of 19 January.

Four men approached them shouting anti-LGBTI slurs. They then attacked the couple, landing them in the hospital.

The suspects

Police arrested Frank Macias, 22, on 12 February. They charged him with two counts of second-degree aggravated assault.

NBCnews.com also reports Macias confessed to police and implicated three others. His brother, Miguel Macias, 20; Quinn O’Connor, 21; and Kolby Monnell, are all involved in the assault.

The three other suspects are also in police custody. They all face two counts of second-degree aggravated assault each.

At a press conference, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said she hopes to get the charges against the suspects bumped up from second-degree felonies to first-degree felonies charged as proven hate crimes. That would mean the four men could face sentences ranging from five to 99 years.

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