Police Arrest Man for Attack on Gay Couple in NYC


Police have arrested Alfonso Lanier (left) for an attack on Michael Felenchak, 27, and his partner Peter Notman, 53, a gay couple who were attacked by a group of men in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood in August, DNA Info reports:

ChelseaThe victims had left Chelsea Cinemas on West 23rd Street about midnight Aug. 14, when the suspects attacked them while shouting homophobic slurs, cops said.

"What are you looking at, f—-t?" one attacker asked before assaulting the two victims, sending them to Beth Israel with cuts and swelling on their faces, sources said.

On Tuesday, cops arrested 23-year-old Alfonso Lanier, who lives only two blocks from the scene of the attack, according to the NYPD.

His accomplice had not been found as of Wednesday morning. The second suspect is believed to be in his late teens and to have tattoos on his chest and down both arms, police said.

Felenchak told WNBC in August that the couple tried to fight back but were overpowered: "We did what we could. It was six of them and two of us."

Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:33am ETC by Andy Towle
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