New York City police say they are investigating an alleged gang of anti-gay extremists that they say is “hostile” toward gay people.
The investigation, announced on Monday, comes as more than 30 people have been arrested in New York in connection with the so-called “Sydney Swingers” group.
It was not immediately clear whether the group was involved in the June 15 stabbing death of a lesbian woman.
Police in the city say they have charged five people with murder in connection to the June 14 stabbing death.
Authorities in Queens say that a 20-year-old man has been arrested on murder charges.
The arrests come amid a wave of anti-“gay” incidents across the country.
On June 15, the Associated Press reported that the gang “sported” and even tried to kidnap a gay man.
They then threw him from the second-story window of their apartment building, where they allegedly assaulted him.
The man was identified by his friend as Sean D. Kostner, who died in a hospital two days later.
The AP report said the alleged gang “had been making noise and making fun of the LGBT community for some time.”
The AP story said police found an assault rifle in one of the men’s apartments and called the FBI, which launched a preliminary investigation.
Authorities said at the time that the alleged group was led by the 19-year, 7-foot-2-inch Dolan, who was also charged with murder.