Tenth suspect arrested over New York homophobic beatings
A tenth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a homophobic attack on three men in New York.
Police believe that the attack took place after gang members suspected that a new recruit was gay.
Jose Dominguez, 22, was arrested and charged with gang assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes, AFP reports.
On Monday, Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was arrested and charged with robbery, gang assault and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes. His lawyer said he did not take part in any of the attacks.
According to police, a gang calling themselves the Latin King Goonies falsely imprisoned three men in a vacant house in Brooklyn on October 3rd, subjecting them to anti-gay abuse, beatings and, in the case of two of the victims, sexual assault.
The victims were two teenage boys and a 30-year-old man, who the gang believed was one of the teenage victims’ boyfriend.
They were allegedly asked “Is it true that you’re a fag?” before being attacked.
The older man’s brother was also beaten and robbed, police said.
The other eight suspects are Ildefonzo Mendez, 23; Elmer Confresi, 23; David Rivera, 21; Steven Caraballo, Denis Peitars, Nelson Falu and Bryan Almonte, all 17; and Brian Cepeda, 16.