Words: Steve Brown
A knife-wielding couple were arrested after attacking a gay couple because they didn’t like his Speedo swimsuit.
Christopher Yarema, 43, and Stephanie Burnham, 35, are facing charges of aggravated assault, battery and property damage after they punched and slashed at two gay tourists who had rented a boat near Wisteria Island, just off Key West.
WPLG reported that as the men prepared to leave, the couple approached their dinghy and began yelling anti-gay slurs.
According to the arrest report, they appeared to be upset because the men were wearing a Speedo-style swimsuit.
One of them shouted: “Hey, Mr Speedo [expletive], get the fuck off our island. You have five seconds to get off, or I will kill you.”
Yarema reportedly then punched one of the men while Burnham slammed him with an oar and when Burnham was pushed away, Yarema attacked the man with a knife shouting: “I’m going to kill you”.
The couple were able to get to their boat and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance.