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As 11th Suspect is Arrested in Bronx Anti-Gay Attacks, Lawyers for Gang Say Their Clients are Innocent

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An 11th suspect in the anti-gay Latin King Goonies attacks in NYC's Bronx was arrested last night and is to be arraigned today, WPIX reports:

"A man who police say wrapped a chain around his fist and beat someone because he suspected him of being gay goes before a judge to account for the alleged crime. Luis Garcia is the eleventh arrested suspect in what's being called the worst gay hate crime in New York City in memory. Garcia will be arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Friday." 

PerezMeanwhile, the 10 other suspects appeared in court yesterday, with their attorneys proclaiming them innocent, the AP reports:

"The 10 men appeared one by one before a judge in the Bronx as prosecutors said they were ready to present evidence to indict them on various charges including assault, sexual abuse and harassment, all as hate crimes. Authorities say the Oct. 3 attacks at a Bronx home were touched off because gang members thought one of their recruits was gay. A 17-year-old was beaten and sodomized with a plunger handle, police say. Another 17-year-old also thought to be gay was attacked, and a 30-year-old and his brother were beaten as well. Their laywers said they are innocent. 'Please stop running to judgment,' said Sanders Dennis, attorney for alleged ringleader Idelfonzo Mendez. 'Stop making him a monster. Let the system play it out.'"

Watch the WPIX report, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. This attack was horrific. But when I read that "it is being called New York's worst anti-gay hate crime in memory," my mind immediately went to the murder of Jose Sucuzhanay from only months ago. (A minor note: well, now that I read again, it actually says "gay hate crime," which I think is potentially confusing wording for attacks against people based on hatred against gays.)

    Posted by: gregv | Oct 15, 2010 10:08:18 AM


  2. "Stop making him a monster."

    We didn't make him a monster. He made himself one when he did something monstrous.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Oct 15, 2010 10:13:40 AM


  3. Guys we are just running to judgment,
    really ? what a douche bag of a lawyer they have,

    Posted by: josepe | Oct 15, 2010 11:39:23 AM


  4. Not defending the lawyer or the scum he represents, but he has a point in that we are all innocent until proven guilty. However, I think that enough evidence has been presented in the press to indicate that these guys don't have much of a future out side of wearing prison overalls.

    Posted by: Me | Oct 15, 2010 1:15:15 PM


  5. Well, they wanted to join a gang. They just didn't realize it was a prison gang.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 15, 2010 2:22:40 PM


  6. execute all of them!

    Posted by: DH | Oct 15, 2010 3:54:09 PM


  7. How these women can walk with him supportively is beyond me.

    Posted by: Uluwehi | Oct 15, 2010 4:20:32 PM


  8. I will say it again
    ARM your Selves

    better to be judged by 12 than killed by one

    Posted by: Austin | Jan 4, 2011 2:09:16 PM


  9. @ Austin

    unless you live in Texas ;)

    Posted by: tcm | Aug 12, 2013 8:00:12 PM


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