WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- What started out as a fun night out on the town, turned into a bar brawl and an alleged hate crime.
The incident happened in West Hartford center at the Shish Kebab House.
Police said 5 woman were having drinks at the bar when 24-year-old Matthew Parry made a pass at one of them. They said they were not interested, they were gay, police reported.
"Well now the insults start. He starts commenting on their weight, their sexual orientation, and then it just went down hill from there," Lt. Stephen Estes said.
22-year-old Rita Nerney allegedly threw a glass of wine at parry and then things got ugly. One of the women stepped in to calm things down, police reported.
"Hey knock it off, we are just here trying to have a good time, and he basically cold cocks her on the side of the head," Lt. Estes said.
Police said Parry bunched the woman again in the face, and then started throwing bottles and glasses at the woman, injuring another. When police arrived, they found the woman who was hit, the broken glass and heard about the gay slurs.
Police arrested Parry for assault and hate crimes, which police report he was proud of.
"He did make some kind of a statement that if we were charging him on intimidation based on bigotry bias, quote unquote, 'the hate crime law...', he said that he was going to wear that as a scar of honor," Lt. Stephen Estes, said.
News 8 spoke with Aaron Sarwar, one of the restaurant owners, and said that in the 24 years they have been in business in West Hartford, they have never had any problems. As a matter of fact, the 5 girls are regulars and go in often, and has never had any problems with them. Perry on the other hand, the man doing the slurs, is not welcome anymore.
"If he is upset at gay, lesbian, okay, whatever, but he punched a woman. You just don't see that, like for any reason, let alone this stupid reason," Yusuf Hasan, of West Hartford, said.
Nerney, who allegedly threw the glass of wine on Parry, was charged with breach of peace.
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