The man wanted by the police for striking two gay men over the head with a wooden chair at Dallas BBQ on Cinco de Mayo has turned himself in.
After the release of security footage, police were able to identify the man as 41-year-old Bayna El-Amin, a Bronx native. El-Amin showed up to the New York Police Department early this morning alongside his attorney; the NYPD proceeded to charge him for a felony assault and attempted felony assault. Police are still trying to figure out if any anti-gay comments were made during the fight, but El-Amin claims that he is the victim. In an exclusive interview, El-Amin told a blogger at G-List,
One of the two men who was hit over the head with a chair, 32-year-old Jonathan Snipes, told DNA info that “these guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people.” After Snipes spilled a drink on his way out of the restaurant, El-Amin attacked him, leaving Snipes with a tooth knocked loose and a cartilage injury in his ear.
A YouTube video originally posted by witness Isaam Sharef shows the attack. (Warning: the video is graphic.)
After discovering El-Amin’s Facebook page, Gawker reports that he seemed to be involved with another man, which complicates matters. While El-Amin has been accused of using the word “f*ggots,” police still do not have proof to charge the offense as a hate crime.
[via CBS New York]