Police: Suspect in hate crime assault of gay couple implicates brother, friends in attack


    Frank Macias, Quinn O'Connor, Miguel Macias, and Kolby Monell have been booked into the Travis County Jail. Each are facing two counts of aggravated assault. Their bonds have been set at $150,000 for each charge, for a total of $300,000. (Photos Courtesy: Austin Police Department)

    Four men accused of brutally attacking a gay couple last month in downtown Austin have been arrested.

    Frank Macias, Quinn O'Connor, Miguel Macias, and Kolby Monell have been booked into the Travis County Jail. Each are facing two counts of aggravated assault. Their bonds have been set at $150,000 for each charge, for a total of $300,000.

    The incident happened January 19 at around 2:30 a.m. when a group of men assaulted Tristian Perry and Spencer Deehring at the intersection of 3rd Street and Congress Avenue.

    According to the victims, they had just left Club Rain after celebrating a friend's birthday and as they were walking holding hands, a man approached them and called them "f------."

    The suspect began to insult them while at the same motioning other individuals to his location.

    When the victims saw that a group of men were approaching them, they walked away. However, the group began following them as they continued to hurl homophobic insults, the affidavit says.

    Tristan eventually began to verbally defend himself but one of the individuals, who was described as a muscular man with dirty blond hair that was shoulder length and who was shirtless, punched him.

    Tristan fell to the ground and that's when the entire group began punching him and kicking him, documents state.

    When Spencer tried to defend Tristan, the individuals began assaulting him.

    Both victims ended falling to the ground and were continuously assaulted until a witness intervened.

    The two men had to then be transported to Dell Seton Hospital with serious injuries.

    Officials were able to get surveillance video of the incident and on January 23, officials received a tip that helped identify 22-year-old Frank Macias and another suspect.

    According to an affidavit, Frank Macias admitted to the attack and implicted his brother, Miguel, as well as O'Connor and Monell, as being part of the fight, punching and kicking the victims.

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