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New Yorker has face slashed by homeless man after confronting him over gay slurs

New Yorker has face slashed by homeless man after confronting him over gay slurs

32-year-old homeless man Takeam Brison has been charged with a hate crime after he slashed the face of a 29-year-old woman who came to the defense of a friend on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Brison told police that he had called 911 to complain that ‘a group of homosexuals’ were following him and he approached a group of friends around 10:40pm on Friday night, calling one of them a ‘faggot,’ and asking, ‘Am I in Faggotville?’

The woman told Brison to stop abusing her friend at which point he produced a pocket knife and slashed her face.

Luckily at that moment an off-duty police officer was exiting a nearby subway station and gave chase after Brison who was nabbed five blocks away with the help of on-duty officers.

Brison later told police that he had ‘got the lesbians that were following him.’

The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center where her wound required over 60 stitches.

She now fears she will be permanently disfigured.

Brison was arraigned the following day on a charge of first degree assault as a hate crime and third degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Brison had a 2004 arrest for harassment and other prior charges and had been living in a homeless shelter in The Bowery before his arrest.

Bail was set at $30,000 with a $60,000 bond.

Brison will next appear in court tomorrow.

New York City Council Member Margaret Chin praised the woman for coming to the defense of her friend.

‘The woman who confronted this man during his hate-filled rant must be commended for her courageous and noble action, and I am deeply thankful that she did not suffer life-threatening injuries,’ she said in a statement.