A Black man originally from Trinidad and his white girlfriend who’s from Moldova, were attacked on a Brooklyn, NY street while celebrating their 6th. anniversary. The couple had parked their car shortly before 6 a.m. when they were accosted by two drunks, later identified as Bernard Szurant and Rudolph Evmenenko.
The victims, who identified themselves to the NY Daily News as John and Anna, said this is the first time they ever encountered such blatant and direct hatred for being an interracial couple. Anna said, “I feel like I’m back 50 years ago or something. Being attacked for (our races) — it’s the first time. I’ve never felt any hate from people that live here.”
The two belligerent racists started the attack by calling John a ‘nigger’ and threatening to lynch the couple. Szurant, 25, and Evmenenko, 27, told the couple, “This is our neighborhood you f—–g n—–! Get out of here!” They were laying claim to the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn as ‘their’ neighborhood. According to court documents, the attackers threatened to “crack (John) open.”
According to Anna, “They were basically torturing (John). They couldn’t hit him because he’s tall and they were smaller, (but) they literally attached to his body and wouldn’t let go. Like leeches.”
The attackers continued their assault on the couple until the police showed up and pulled them off their victims. While being taken into custody, Szurant began threatening the Black NYPD detective placing him under arrest. He said, “I know you. I know where you work. I am going to come to the 61st Precinct and f—— kill you, you f—— n—–. You p—- n—–. I hate n——!”
During the attack, John suffered a gash to his arm while defending himself and trying to protect his girlfriend. John stated, “A couple times they feigned that they had a weapon, acted like they had a gun, and that was a bit unnerving. I said to him, ‘You’re not a man if you can’t use your hands.’”
The two attackers were charged with assault, menacing, criminal mischief, and harassment. Szurant was also charged with harassment for his threats against the Black detective. Court records show Szurant has an extensive criminal history with 23 arrests, including robbery. Even after the vile, racist attack, a judge ordered the two released from jail following a brief arraignment, with orders to stay away from John and Anna.