Three people were charged with assault and a hate crime in connection with the stabbing of a 16-year-old male Tuesday night in Northwest Washington, and D.C. police said homophobic slurs were yelled at the victim prior to the attack.

One person approached the victim and used “derogatory, homophobic language,” which police did not specify, as the teen walked in the 600 block of T Street about 8:40 p.m., said Chief Cathy L. Lanier. The pair argued and then fought briefly before the two other people joined the fracas, she said.

At least one of the assailants held the teen while another suspect stabbed him multiple times, in a “violent crime with a bias,” Lanier said, describing it as “heinous.”

The victim was treated and released from a hospital with non-life threatening puncture and stab wounds, police said.

Police arrested the trio at scene as officers responded quickly and worked with the victim, who described the assailants, Lanier said.

Ali M. Jackson, Alvonica M. Jackson and Desmond Campbell were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to online court documents. They range in age from 19-years-old to 33-years-old, Lanier said.

If convicted, the hate crime allegation would enhance the possible penalty, police said.