A man was arrested Tuesday after yelling homophobic slurs and stabbing a gay couple leaving a Denver nightclub, police said.
Christopher Huizar and Gabriel Roman were leaving The Church on Sunday night when a man, identified as Dylan Payne, confronted the pair and stabbed them with a pocketknife, FOX31 Denver reported, citing a probable cause statement.
The couple suffered multiple stab wounds and told FOX31 Denver they believe they were attacked for being gay.
“We're running and I didn’t realize how bad it was until he's like, 'my hand!' and that’s when I took my shirt off and I wrapped it around and there was blood everywhere, like so much blood,” Huizar said.
Huizar told the station he had been stabbed in the throat once and that Roman had several slashes in his back and his hand.
“It’s way deeper than just the physical damage. Of course, we’re relieved this guy is caught or whatever, but there’s still that fright, I guess you could say to who else is out there like that?” Roman said.
Huizar set up a GoFundMe to help pay for hospital bills.
Payne, 24, was being held in connection with the attack, according to the Denver Post.
Police were investigating whether the attack was launched over the men’s sexual orientation.