David Bruckman of Covington, Kentucky faces numerous charges after being arrested in association with a violent attack on a gay couple. The case may be considered a hate crime.
“I never expected this to be as real as it is, that nowadays there are still so many people that harbor so much hate for somebody because of who they are,” said one of the two victims, who are remaining anonymous.
According to WLWT, Bruckman forced his way into an ex-girlfriend's residence, destroying her property. Her friends, the aforementioned gay couple, arrived to console her. Bruckman and an associate of his returned to the home after making numerous harassing phone calls, when the two allegedly attacked the couple while screaming homophobic slurs.
The two now are recovering from numerous injuries including broken eye sockets and fractured noses and cheekbones. Surgery will be required for both. They both also report suffering from excruciating pain.
“It's important to accept other people for who they are. They may be different than you, but that shouldn't matter,” the victim said.
Bruckman is currently being held on $25,000 cash bond. The charges he faces include assault, burglary, and violation of a protection order. Police have not yet found Bruckman's associate.
The victims have started a GoFundMe page to help raise the money needed to cover their medical costs.
Bruckman has an extensive criminal record and has been arrested at least ten different times.
Those with more information on this case are encouraged to alert Covington police.
[Photo: Covington Police]