Two marines were arrested Saturday in Savanna, Georgia on charges they battered a gay man, the Savanna Morning News reported.

The men, both stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., were arrested by Savanna police about 4AM, and were later released to Marine police. The men could face both civilian and military charges. Savannah police booked the pair on a misdemeanor charge of battery and their bond was set at $1,850.

Responding to a call, police found 26-year-old Kieran Daly laying motionless on the ground as friends performed first aid. Witnesses said Daly was attacked because he is gay.

Moments earlier, police had witnessed two men matching the description of the attackers running on Congress Lane. When police caught up with Keil Joseph Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Charles Stanzel, 23, they told officers they “were being harassed by a white homosexual male earlier in the evening and just wanted to get away,” according to a police report.

Witnesses told police that one of the men grew angry because he thought Daly was winking at him. He struck Daly in the back of the head with his fist, knocking him unconscious.

Daly suffered two seizures immediately after the attack and has been diagnosed with bruises to the brain.

He said his attacker yelled anti-gay slurs at him as he tried to walk away from the argument over whether Daly was coming on to him.

“The guy thought I was winking at him,” he told the paper. “I told him, 'I was squinting, man. … I'm tired.'”