Two men are accused of a hate crime after assaulting a business owner at his Market Street store.
Antonio Herico and Pio Alexander Garcia are accused of yelling homophobic epithets while assaulting the businessman and vandalizing his store in the 2200 block of Market Street near the Castro neighborhood around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.
According to police, the victim had asked the suspects, who were outside his business, to leave the property. The suspects refused, and an argument turned into an assault, police said.
The victim suffered head pain, but the injury was not life threatening, police said.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office alleges the men attacked the store owner because they perceived him to be gay.
Herico and Garcia were charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and burglary. Garcia faces an additional charge for vandalism.
On Wednesday, the duo pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $115,000 for both men. The case is scheduled for preliminary hearing March 2.