NEW YORK — Police are investigating the assault on a Mexican immigrant in Staten Island as a possible hate crime.
The Consulate of Mexico, in an e-mail to the Staten Island Advance Monday night, condemned the attack on the 40-year-old construction worker.
Police say the victim was attacked by five men on Friday as he was walking from a soccer game in the Port Richmond section.
They say the attackers, who were black, yelled racial slurs and then swung a scooter at the man’s head, breaking his jaw.
The Mexican consulate said it was posting personnel in the borough until further notice to safeguard Mexicans’ rights.
Meanwhile, two suspects have been convicted on robbery charges in connection with two violent muggings of two Mexican immigrants in April initially believed to be bias attacks.
The Guardian Angels plan to begin patrols tonight in Port Richmond following the recent bias attacks.