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Couple believes they were attacked over their sexuality

Joy Wang
March 15, 2017 07:30 AM

A Santa Fe same-sex couple says they were left covered in blood after they were beat up by a man and a woman.

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The couple in Santa Fe says they were just trying to enjoy their dinner Saturday night when a man and his wife looked at them in a very rude way. The couple decided to leave a restaurant when a fight broke out.

The couple, Haley Pryor and Amelia Allen, said they took photographs as evidence moments after they say they were targeted and beat up because of their sexuality.

According to the police report, it all started at a restaurant.

“We were waiting for our check getting ready to leave when a family of four came in,” Pryor said. “They saw me when they first walked in, and when they took their seat they kept staring at my girlfriend.”

Feeling uncomfortable, she says she decided to say something.

"After he flipped us off, I stood up and I was like 'What was that for?'" Pryor said. "'What did we do to you?' We were having dinner. We didn’t do anything, and he was like 'I don’t know what you’re talking about.'"

The owner of the restaurant said she doesn’t have any surveillance video of the parking lot, but what happened inside was she saw the couple approach the family and then walk out the door.

“I was crying at this point,” Allen said.

“She was crying in the truck,” added Pryor. “I was trying my best to console her like 'We should talk to the manager. Should we call the police?' I was close to tears.”

But then things got worse.

“Never in my lifetime did I expect this,” Pryor said, “Especially in Santa Fe."

“We can’t stop crying” added Allen. “I can’t stop crying.”

They said the couple came out of the restaurant and the man and the woman started a fight with them. At one point, Allen picked up a crowbar to defend herself.

 “I was covered in her blood. At first, she was hitting me,” she said. "She was punching me and then I remember she stopped punching me and she just leaned all of her weight against me and slammed me up against the truck and she grabbed my hair.”

“When I stood back up after being on all fours, he grabbed my hood and pulled it down over my head and started punching me through my hood,” said Pryor. “I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed the hood off and he grabbed me by the throat and pushed me against the front half of my truck.”

The suspects never said anything specific about their sexuality, but Pryor and Allen say it was clear what was happening.

“I remember standing up and screaming like 'Leave,'” said Pryor. “'Leave us alone', like 'You made your point. Leave. There’s nothing more to do.'”

Pryor and Allen say if police do find the suspects, they plan on showing up to court to testify against them.

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Joy Wang

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