Kentucky police arrest two men after string of attacks outside gay and lesbian bars.
Police in Covington, Kentucky are investigating a series of possible hate crimes.
There have been three separate attacks in recent weeks.
The most recent attack occurred early Sunday morning at the corner of Pike and Main streets, where two women were assaulted.
Police said Timothy A. Searp punched one of the women in the face, pulled her hair and kicked her numerous times.
When two male bystanders attempted to intervene, Devlin Burke slashed one of them on the arm and the other on the abdomen, police said.
Searp and Burke were both arrested and face assault charges.
Police said the assailants shouted anti-gay slurs during the attack.
"We're starting to feel they're targeting the homosexual community, mainly because these attacks are happening in the radius of local gay bars. It is happening to gay individuals," said one man who asked not to be identified.
The gay community has not taken the attacks lightly.
Several people showed up at the Covington City Council meeting Tuesday night to ask for help to stop the violence.
Covington police said they have stepped up patrols in the wake of the attacks.
"We're taking the issue very seriously," said Lt. Col. Spike Jones. "This isn't the type of activity that we want our community to be known for."