Two Queens men who allegedly taunted, stomped and robbed a gay man last fall have been indicted on hate-crime charges, reports the NY Daily News.
The indictment filed Thursday morning charges defendants Daniel Aleman, 26, and Daniel Rodriguez, 21, both of College Point in Queens, New York, of 14-counts of assault and robbery as a hate crime, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. If convicted, both men face up to 25 years in prison.
The victim, Jack Price, 49, was harassed and assaulted by two men on the morning of October 9, 2009, as he was leaving a deli in College Point.
During the attack, which was captured on video, Price was pelted with anti-gay comments and pummeled to the ground, leaving him with a broken jaw, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a lacerated spleen, according to police.
Price, nearly killed in the attack, was hospitalized for three weeks. The incident sparked a large anti-bias rally in Price’s neighborhood.