Police seek 8 in harassment of Latinos

November 27, 2008 1:20:17 PM PST
Police are searching for a group of eight people who they say harassed two Hispanic men as they came out of a Long Island restaurant. Police say they are considering the incident in Patchogue as aggravated harassment as a hate crime. They say the group shouted ethnic slurs at the two men, and pushed one of them.

The incident comes only about two weeks after Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in Patchogue. Police say Lucero was attacked because of his ethnicity. Seven high school students have been charged.

Suffolk Police Hate Crimes Unit commander Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks says five men and three women are being sought for harassing the two men at the restaurant.

He says the victims were interviewed and signed complaints.

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