The two suspects in the Long Beach Halloween attack on two gay men have been charged with a hate crime.
The case was reviewed on Monday by the head deputy district attorney, Sally Thomas, a hate crime allegation was added to the counts against the suspects.
The two suspects, 19-year-old Marquise Lucas and 27-year-old Sierus Lamar Dunbar were each charged with one count batter with serious bodily injury and a count of assault to produce great bodily injury.
Both men pleaded not guilty in the attack which took place near The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach.
The attack occurred around 8.15 pm, near the center on Cherry Avenue, where the two male suspects called them derogatory names for gays before physically assaulting them.
Both men sustained moderate injuries and have been released from hospital, the preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 17.