Gay men robbed, pistol-whipped in Midtown

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Two gay men were pistol-whipped and robbed as they walked through Midtown on their way to the Eagle, a violent incident sending both men to the hospital.

Mamdouh Shawky, 28, and Cory Fain, 26, were walking from Caribou Coffee on Piedmont Avenue along Argonne Avenue on their way to the Eagle about 11 p.m. on June 9. That's when two men approached them from behind and demanded that the men “give them everything,” according to an Atlanta police incident report. 

Both suspects brandished handguns and threatened to shoot the two men, according to the incident report.

“They kind of blocked us so we couldn’t go anywhere,” Shawky told WSB. “There was someone behind and someone in front and that’s when they attacked both of us.”

When the two men gave up their belongings – including an iPhone 6 Plus, a wallet and Fain's black mesh bag – the assailants struck them. Shawky (image) was hit with a handgun above his left eye while Fain was struck in the back of his head.

“The guy that came in the front started hitting my friend and then the other one behind my back, he came with his gun and put it near my face,” Shawky told the Georgia Voice. “After that he hit me in my face, in my eyebrow.”

The suspects fled and Fain ran to a house on Argonne and banged on the window for help, breaking the glass. Two resident inside called police and the men were transported to Grady Hospital where they were treated for their injuries. 

Both men are gay, though Shawky told the Georgia Voice that he doesn't believe he was targeted over his sexual orientation. Fain told Project Q Atlanta that being gay didn't play a role in the robbery, but he declined to discuss details of what took place.

In April, gay Atlanta man Patrick Busko chased a man out of his Midtown home after he walked in uninvited and asked for cash. Busko followed the man for a few blocks before finding a police officer who arrested the man. 

In January, Diego Ramirez, who is gay, was arrested and charged with the March 2014 attack on a gay couple near Joe's at the intersection of Juniper and 11th streets.

 

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