Man Arrested in Homophobic Boston Assault Free on Bail, Curfew

Fabio Brandao, the 28-year-old man arrested in connection with an anti-gay assault against 4 others in Boston’s South End over the weekend, has been charged with four civil rights violations, four counts of assault and battery and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was released on $10,000 bail Tuesday and given a 10 pm curfew pending an October 10 pretrial conference, and been banned from entering the South End.

BrandaoThree other suspects have not been apprehended and Brandao’s attorney denies his involvement: “Brandao and other men allegedly got out of the car and attacked the four before speeding off. Two of the victims were able to get the car’s license plate number, [Assistant District Attorney Vincent] DeMore said. Also, a cell phone found at the scene belongs to Brandao, he said. The defendant’s attorney, Francis Doran, said neither of those things proves that Brandao was involved in the attack. Doran said his client is a father with no history of violence. Brandao worked for Brooks Brothers for 10 years, in addition to working as a chimney sweep.”

Meanwhile, one of Brandao’s alleged victims spoke out after the hearing, saying he wants to start carrying pepper spray: “I’m very, very nervous. I am going to be very cautious.”

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Posted September 3, 2008 at 8:25am ETC by Andy Towle
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