The two suspects arrested for the bias-motivated assault of a Georgetown University medical student were arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, according to several local news sources.

The 19-year-old suspects, Abdulgader Ruddad and Saad Elorch, were charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The two were denied bail even after Ruddad jumped from his seat and pleaded with the judge to be released.

“This is not a big deal because I know I’m innocent,” Elorch said to D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter, according to MetroWeekly, a D.C. news magazine that covers LGBTQ issues.

In the early morning of Oct. 3, the suspects approached the victims as the were walking along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal path by the 1100 block of 34th Street, allegedly shouted homophobic slurs at the two victims after one of them, the Georgetown graduate student, indicated he was homosexual. Soon after, they hit the victim in the head with a vodka bottle, knocking him unconscious.

Sivagami Subbaraman, director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, said that she has reached out to the victim and provided him the support he asked for.

“He was really glad that the center was now up and running, since he had not quite known it was fully functional now,” she said. “I have given him the resources he asked for and spoken with him a couple of times to make sure he is OK, that he is being given the space he needs to do his healing. He is very shaken, obviously, but also wants to make sure that the story is told accurately.”

Elorch and Ruddad, originally from Morocco and Sudan, respectively, both have prior drug possession and assault charges, according to a Fox News article. Elorch is currently on probation in Virginia, and both men were wanted by the Immigrations and Custom Enforcement and the U.S. Marshall Service, the article said.

Under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the suspects will be prosecuted under federal law, if found guilty.

Both men are due back in court on Nov. 12.

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