Bias Attack near The Cage
Have been very busy the past few days, and didn’t have time to post this story about an assault downtown this weekend.
Here’s a discussion for you all: Whether this is a bias attack or not, the simple fact that it was an ASSAULT is what makes this incident bad. Whether it was anti-gay, a robbery or just plain lovers quarrel doesn’t change the fact that it was physically violent.
I’ve overheard some people who somehow think there is something different about this assault because the fact that it’s a “bias attack”. I disagree. There are just some people in this world that are stupid, and need/want/like to hurt others. Whether it be for money, jealousy or ignorance doesn’t make one assault any worse than another.
They’re all senseless.
Here’s the story, and follow up from The Jersey Journal:
2 gay men attacked in Hoboken
Monday, July 23, 2007
By CARLY BALDWIN
Two gay men were attacked early Saturday morning in Hoboken in what police have labeled a “tragic bias” incident.
At about 3 a.m., the two male victims were embracing in front of 111 River Street, police said.
The men told police they had just left a well-known gay nightclub, The Cage, at 32 Newark St., when two other men sneaked up behind them.
The attackers started punching and kicking the men, yelling anti-gay, derogatory names, said Capt. Anthony Romano of the Hoboken police.
“They hit the two gentlemen because they were gay,” Romano said. “They punched them and kicked them while they were on the ground, kicking them to the head. They (the victims) were scared.”
The two men who were attacked were treated at Hoboken University Hospital, for scrapes and bruises, said police. The man who was kicked in the head had a contusion on his head, said police.
Bouncers from nearby Lana nightclub noticed the attack and chased the attackers to the corner of Second and River streets, where they held them until police arrived.
The two men, who were not from Hudson County, were arrested and charged with simple assault and bias intimidation and taken to the Hudson County Jail in Kearny, Romano said.
“It’s a tragic crime and the Hoboken Police Department will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” said Romano. “It’s an aberration in this town, luckily, but no one should be put upon for this kind of thing.”
And the followup/arrests:
Accused bias attackers identified
The two men were arrested Saturday and charged with bias crimes outside a well-known gay nightclub in Hoboken have been identified.
Shane Valle, 26, of Hackensack and Felix Fara Saadi, 25, of Mahwah, snuck up on and beat the two men who were embracing in front of 111 River St. around 2:40 a.m., police said today.
The victims said they had just left The Cage, at 32 Newark St., when their attackers began to punch and kick them while yelling anti-gay, derogatory names, police said.
Valle and Saadi were charged with simple assault and bias intimidation, police said. They are being held at the Hudson County jail in Kearny on $10,000 each, police said.