Brothers arrested in suspected Vancouver gay bashing
Two brothers have been arrested in connection with an attack on a gay couple in downtown Vancouver on June 12.
Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness announced the arrests at a press conference this afternoon, as well as details of an overnight assault also being investigated as a hate crime.
Parminder Singh Peter Bassi, 30, is charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm and his 27-year-old brother Ravinder Robbie Bassi is charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.
The Richmond brothers were arrested at their home on Wednesday in connection with the beating of David Holtzman and his partner Peter Regier.
They have since been released from custody on court-imposed conditions, and will make their next court appearance on July 5
Holtzman and Regier say they arrived at their apartment on Keefer Street after attending a concert around 10:45 p.m. to witness two people urinating on the side of the building.
Holtzman and Regier say that they were viciously beaten after telling them to stop, and that their assailants yelled homophobic slurs during the attack.
Regier was taken to hospital and given stitches and treated for multiple bruises. His partner was treated for his injuries at the scene by BC Ambulance.
A second suspected hate crime
Two men are facing charges of aggravated assault for a violent attack on a gay man near the intersection of Davie and Burrard streets early Thursday morning.
According to police, a 30-year-old Vancouver man was walking along Davie Street with friends around 2:45 a.m. when he was verbally confronted by one of the alleged attackers.
Police say that he was then punched in the face and knocked to the ground. The blows continued as he lay on the ground, and a second man allegedly joined in.
"Disturbing comments" were allegedly made about the victim's sexuality during the attack, according to a police press release.
Vancouver residents Alexandre Tchernychev and Aaron Alexander Hahn, both 21, were arrested soon afterwards in the 1100-block of Davie Street.
The victim of the beating required medical attention on the scene for facial injuries.