2nd suspect in gay bias attack arrested

October 13, 2009 9:35:29 PM PDT
The second suspect in the brutal beating of a gay man in Queens has been arrested in Virginia. U.S. Marshals and Norfolk police took 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez into custody at a relatives home.

Charges are pending and NYPD detectives are in the process of returning him to New York.

The other suspect, Daniel Aleman, in the beating was arrested on Sunday.

Aleman, 26, was arraigned on a charge of assault as a hate crimes. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Investigators say the two Queens men taunted Jack Price and yelled anti-gay slurs before punching and kicking him last Thursday after he left a 24-hour deli near his home in Queens.

Price suffered a fractured jaw and ribs, the collapse of both of his lungs, and a lacerated spleen. All the punches and kicks the victim suffered through were captured on the cameras of a nearby business.

The video shows in graphic detail how lucky 49-year-old Price is to have survived the brutal assault that investigators believe was fueled by hate.

NYPD Detectives are aware of the video.

It was captured by a camera overlooking 18th Avenue. Recently, the College Point Board of Trade installed security cameras in a number of businesses to deter graffiti. In this case, one of those cameras captured what no one here expected to see.

Last Thursday at 4:30 in the morning the victim's nightmare began. Price, who is openly gay, had been to a nearby bodega for cigarettes. The confrontation began outside the store.

Police say the suspect's yelled anti-gay slurs, and then the 5-foot-6, 130 pound man was punched and kicked over and over again. It was three minutes of horror.

In the video, the suspects are seen stopping and walking away, but they then quickly turn back. It looks like they steal something from the victim. Finally, with Price on his knees, they gave him one last punch.

Remarkably the victim was able to stumble away from the scene.

The victim's family says Price is awake and alert, but he's still on a respirator. He has a long road to recovery ahead.

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