MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The bond has been increased for a group of men accused of attacking a couple on Miami Beach during the Gay Pride festival.
According to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the bond for the four suspects has been increased to $75,000 each. Upon their release, the men will be on house arrest and will be required to wear an ankle monitor.
According to police, 20-year-old Luis Alonso, 21-year-old Adonis Diaz, 21-year-old Juan C. Lopez and 21-year-old Pablo Reinaldo Romo attacked Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov outside of a bathroom on April 8.
The violent attack happened almost immediately after the Miami Beach Gay Pride festival, and investigators said the men yelled an anti-gay slur in Spanish before the brawl ensued.
The four suspects have all been charged with a hate crime. If convicted they each face up to 30 years in prison.
“I think it’s fair,” Logunov said. “We agree with the judge and we’re looking forward to the end of this story because that’s quite exhausting still, but we’re much better now, thank you.”
However, the defense attorney said this was not a hate crime.
“It’s an unfortunate incident, and like we said, the family condemns any type of aggressiveness or actions towards the gay community,” said defense attorney Dennis Gonzales Jr. “That’s not what these kids did, and it’s unfair what’s happening to them. Again, I’ll reiterate, this was no animus. There was no animus with them towards the gay community.”
The four subjects have another court appearance scheduled for Aug. 23.
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