Second Man Arrested in Hate Crime Killing of NYC Ecuadorean Man


Police raided a home in Yonkers, New York early this morning to arrest Keith Phoenix, the second man involved in the anti-gay, anti-Hispanic hate crime killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhañay, who was beaten to death in a brutal attack last December.

PhoenixHakim Scott, who also took part in the attack, turned himself in earlier this week.

 The New York Daily News reports:

"Keith Phoenix, 28, was sleeping when Bronx cops found him and arrested him without incident, sources said.Phoenix, who is from the Bronx and was caught on camera smiling as he pulled into an RFK bridge toll booth just 19 minutes after the Dec. 7 beating of Jose Sucuzhanay, was nabbed after an acquaintance saw the video in the media and called police. A day after his pal Hakim Scott, 25, was arraigned on second-degree murder as a hate crime, Phoenix was escorted to a Brooklyn station house to be questioned and then possibly be part of a line-up later today. Phoenix was the attacker who investigators believe wielded the bat."

Yesterday, police released the video referenced above.



  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Not even human. I knew two people who were beaten to death by mobs–murdered just because they were gay.

  2. trailrunnr says

    Tony tiger is right: it is scary. Hate crime is too weak a term … it’s terrorism. These guys are sending a message to ALL gay folks: you don’t deserve to live. (Check out NYT article and comments; there are still people who think the hate crime designation is “ridiculous”.)

  3. TANK says

    Well, isn’t that typical. Guys who beat their wives to death can, right after, go to the bar and have a good time (I’ve read about this very thing happening on more than one occasion). All too human, actually.

    Death penalty, please.

  4. FASTLAD says

    Look at that, he’s just beaming with pride. His good deed done for the day.

    Killing supposed faggots is such a bonding experience between big old hetero buddies, no doubt. I bet they all high-fived each other at some point. Score! Secure again in their masculinity, now that they’ve proved it by taking someone’s life.

    I bet they can’t believe they’re being prosecuted now. This video is disgusting. I hope justice is served.

  5. JerzeeMike says

    Channel 2 News just ran a story on this guy stating that in a statement to police he said, “So I beat a guy, does that make me a bad guy?”

    Well, YEAH!!

    And make no mistake, the only reason this is on the news is because of the sizable Ecuadorian/Latino community in NYC, not because it was assumed the victim was gay. If it was just a gay bashing it would’ve been old news by now.