Raul Marti said he was trying to get home from work Wednesday night, but instead, he was rushed to the hospital after he was brutally beaten and insulted with gay slurs.
"I want it charged as a hate crime, because he targeted me," Marti said of his alleged attacker.
Marti said he was waiting at a bus stop on Biscayne Boulevard near 64th Street in Miami when a man, identified as Eric Pinkney, 44, noticed Marti was having a coughing fit, as he's is still recovering from throat cancer.
He said Pinkney asked him why he was coughing so much.
"I looked at him (and) I said, 'I'm fine. Leave me alone, please. Go on your way," Marti said.
Marti said he kept coughing and Pinkney kept talking.
"'You're all sick, and you get other people sick, and that's the problem with you fa**ots, you just need to be taken care of. You need to be gone,'" Marti said Pinkney told him.
Marti, again, said he asked for the suspect to leave him alone.
"That's when he proceeded on: 'That's right, you little f***ing fa**ot, keep on begging me. I like when faggots beg me,'" Marti said.
Marti said he went to get his phone and call the cops.
"The next thing I know, he hit me, and then he hit me one more time, and then I fell to the ground and hit my head face first," Marti said.
Some people who were passing by ran over and scared the suspect off, but a police officer passing by quickly tracked him down, Marti said.
Marti spent the night in the hospital, and is now recovering with a broken nose, multiple stitches and injuries all over his face. He said he wants his attacker put away.
"I'm a human being, not a piece of garbage, and nobody has the right to put their hands on me or hurt me that way, no matter what I am," he said.
Pinkney is charged with aggravated battery, but Marti plans on insisting the State Attorney's Office add charges related to a hate crime.