‘Horrifying’ Anti-Gay Attacks Stun The Bronx

Commish: NYPD Arrests 7 Members Of 'Latin King Goonies'

NEW YORK (CBS 2/ 1010WINS/ AP) — Police have arrested seven individuals ranging in age from 16 to 23 for their roles in alleged anti-gay attacks Sunday.

CBS 2 took exclusive pictures of six of the seven suspects, who were trying to hide their faces with hoods on their heads, chained to each other. They are accused of anti-gay bias attacks that have shocked a University Heights neighborhood.

“I don’t understand how people can do that to another human being whether he’s gay, whatever he is,” resident Geovany Rodriguez told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

The alleged bloody beatings happened on Osborne Place early Sunday. Police said members of a gang known as the “Latin King Goonies” lured a 17-year-old into an unoccupied ground floor apartment.

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“He was thrown into a wall, made to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter, and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Police said the gang questioned the teen about his contact with a 30-year-old man, and then let him go with a warning not to call police.

Two other brutal attacks would follow — first on another 17-year-old, and then the 30-year-old himself, who was allegedly lured to the scene.

“He was forced to strip to his underwear and then tied to a chair opposite from the teenager. The teenager, at the direction of his assailants, hit the older male several times in the face and burned him with a cigarette. The assailants also hit the man with their fists and a chain, and sodomized him with a small baseball bat,” Kelly said.

Kelly said after dumping him unconscious the assailants went on to their next victim — the man’s brother who lived nearby.

“Five assailants let themselves into his apartment through the front door, with keys taken from his brother. They pulled a blanket over the older brother’s head, beat him, and demanded money,” Kelly said.

The victims were eventually freed, hospitalized and treated.

The assailants scrubbed the scene top-to-bottom with bleach, even repainting the walls to make it look new, police said.

“They could clean, but they couldn’t hide,” Kelly said.

Investigators said they still found alcohol cans and hair at the scene. And an onlooker slipped a phone number to detectives, leading them to the primary suspect. The victims, initially reluctant, also started to divulge more details about the assaults, Kelly said. The Hate Crimes Task Force took over the investigation, along with Bronx robbery and gang division and special victims squad and arrested the seven men.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the city’s highest-ranking openly gay official, called the attacks “vile” and “horrifying.”

“These attacks are appalling and are even more despicable because the victims were clearly targeted in acts of hate simply because they are gay,” Quinn said. “The cowardly few who committed these crimes do not represent New Yorkers and our community will not be cowed by such violence.”

A weekend rally on anti-gay bias was planned following other crimes against gays.

On Sunday, a patron at the Stonewall Inn, a symbol of the gay rights movement since protests over a 1969 police raid there, was beaten in an anti-gay bias attack, according to prosecutors. Two suspects in the case were charged. Their attorneys say they’re not guilty.

That attack followed the Sept. 22 death of a New Jersey college student, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his sexual encounter with a man in his dorm room was secretly streamed online. The student’s roommate and another freshman have been charged with invasion of privacy. Authorities are considering bias-crime charges.

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  • Ben Madison

    If the two gay guys are WHITE…they are tough out of luck.. The USA DO under Eric Holder has made it clear that they will not defend white victims. Two Top Attorneys testitifed, under oath, to the Civil Rights Commission that they had been given orders to NOT represent white people and that lawyers who do…are harrassed in an effort to make them resign. So the gang is Latino..the first victim is Latino…The gang might be deported, but nothing stops them from walking back across the border in CA or AZ or NM the next day. The Latino Victim will be helped and professional help lavished on him..regardless of his belonging to the sorry gang to begin with..The other two victims..is white..tough out of luck. Not even Gays will break the political coalition of Latinos.Gays.Blacks.Progressives. Sad story., this is what we have become.

  • nautiusmaximus

    Obviously they were Tea Party members

  • CIgarsrandscotch

    This is horrific. I do not want to live in a world who’s violent street gangs are not politically correct.

  • Jean Sene

    So gangsters are torturing other gangsters and pedophiles.
    Are we supposed to be outraged?

  • jimmy Boom

    Let me get this straight, they don’t like gays, so they sodomize them. Very interesting way to express it.

  • Big Southern Red

    Bring them down south and lynch them like the old days!

    • Carrie

      When you say them you must be talking about Africans Americans because they commit more crime than all other races combined!

  • shaggy

    Give them medals

  • Janay

    I understand that this is a very serious issue however why does race and rap music have to be a factor into what those people did. I would be wrong to say metal or rock music would impact someone the same way as rap. As for the race factor, not all black and latinos are bad. It’s ignorant people who give into sterotypes and stigmas about our community. So before someone jumps to conclusions please educate yourself and think outside the box.

  • Efueshe

    THIS IS TRULY SOME BS. That man deserves none of this, but we as a people need to stop being spoon fed our morality. This was truly disgusting, but people get killed out on the streets EVERYDAY. This is widespread behavior, murder and hate that clearly isn’t being addressed well by the DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. Stop tricking yourselves into thinking it’s the “extreme right wing agenda” that is causing this murderous nonsense when really it’s the GANG MEMBERS who have been doing this stuff to all kinds of people for years. The only reason why it’s reported now is because it helps an agenda, and that’s a shame, because this, and every other murder and hate crime should be reported on the daily so that we as a nation can have a conscious not defined by what reporters think will sell more. And some of the commentators on this board really need some help with their anger, especially when people are suggesting that someone’s children deserve to be terrorized by these gangsters. Those comments are the epitome why we can’t even have intelligent conversations about differing opinions anymore.

  • paul

    So help me understand…………every single day in this country, gang members kill, rape and torture all sorts of people of every race, nation and creed. For some reason though, torture someones who’s gay though and now you’ve crossed a line? Pathetic! There should be outrage and punishment handed out for anyone guilty of any assault regardless of the targets “orientation. Shouldn’t it be a “hate” crime when a woman is raped. She was clearly targeted because she’s a woman………….you see the stupidity of “hate crimes”. I thought gays wanted to be treated like everyone else. Equal rights and all…………….here you go then, you get to be beat and tortured just like the heteros.

  • Alex

    Seems pretty clear what she meant: Don’t hang around — much less join a group filled — with violent people who don’t like what you’re doing. It’s called “common sense.”

    The victim was an idiot and should have known what would happen once his crew found out the truth.

  • King Yule

    There ya go! There are your boys, liberals! You love them, right?? Come on, give them a second chance! You’re liberals!


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  • whatdidyousay

    Wow, did you think about that before your wrote…what a stupid comment.

  • james

    good job guys on beating his ass up America says one nation under god how is that possible when they dont even follow the bible what is going on with this world now

  • Julie Harper

    The attackers are probably registered Democrats. You know, the party of Tolerance.

  • Bosco Lemonzit

    I’m not defending or excusing the behavior, but take a step back and think a little bit. Those perps most likely have suffered some sexual abuse in their past themselves to have exhibited such agressive and hateful acts, not only on the 17 year old, but going after the 30 year old too. So while sending them all off to prison, dig back into the past and find out who abused them and send them up the river too.

  • Harry Snapperorgans

    This is America under the leadership of our first Halfrican president.

  • win

    Guantanamo is pretty much a resort from what the main stream media reports now.

    Instead lets just give people this vile life in prison with no chance for parole and they have to labor for their keep. Seclude them from others where they can’t poison other people.

    In my case it is not that the victims are gay, but that the victims are human. Hate crime? Yes, but a hate crime against people in general not against gays alone.

  • but-seriously-folks

    Take these animals out back and put them out of their misery…and ours.

  • TGood

    These thugs are Latino, therefore, the victims will somehow be blamed for the horror they went through. The leftwing radical liberals never saw a Latino they couldn’t excuse. This won’t be an exception. Keep that border door open and keep tying the hands of the law enforcement seems to the “rule of law” under this Department of Injustice and the Obama administration, run under the auspices of foreign governments.

    • Torry

      I think you are talking about Naggers also known as African Americans also know as the north American pavement ape. They are the only minority group that gets away with what you are talking about. Get you facts right you racist prick. What does the story have to do with keeping the border open? They were probably Puerto Ricans not Mexicans you ignorant prick.

  • hanging234

    You are absolutely right. I think the same thing. Christine Quinn said, “These attacks are appalling and are even more despicable because the victims were clearly targeted in acts of hate simply because they are gay,” How are they “even more despicable” because of the reason they were committed? Is there a hierarchy of reasons for crimes being committed?

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  • Nealboy

    Well Said, Mikey. The victims weren’t even murdered like Channon and Christopher on Chipman Street. Oh, I forgot. They were straight white hetrosexuals murdered by impovrished blacks. Impovrished by their drug habits.

    • No One Special

      Nealboy: That was the worst cirme I had ever read about, but it never made the headline news. I wish you were wrong, but you are correct.

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    It just goes to show you that being gay doesn’t pay.

    HA HA HA

  • KEM

    Gang members?? Child Molestestion and Rape.. Sounds like they all need to be jailed. People wanting people to get raped in Jail??? Bizarre. Most of the people getting raped in Jail are not lifers so those crazies will be out on the streets even crazier than ever. So be careful what you wish for. Its so many sick people in the world. If you want to make prison tougher then so be it but lets not be as vile as the criminals.

  • mimmo

    They got what was comin

  • Michael

    Throw these people in jail for a very long time.

  • Fred C. Dobbs

    I…don’t…care. Violets or gangsters. They are all animal’s and equally worthless.

  • Bosco Lemonzit

    actually, you are wrong by 180 degrees. Most pedophile activity is straight men on young girls. However, when randomly taking 100 straight men and 100 gay men, then the percentage of gays who have had sex with a minor is much higher, by nearly 20x.

  • Kitten

    That kind of evil doesn’t deserve to remain on earth. Send them all back to hell from where they came from. No one deserves to be treated that way.

  • roger barone

    Where’s that racist, fraud of a civil rights activist, Rev. Al? He disgraces the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. Where was he when the elderly Asian women were getting mugged in Chinatown.

    The Rev. should be ignored by the African American community as he misrepresents them. Bill Cosby, Grant Hill, Colin Powell and Condelezza Rice are truly the heroes for African American leadership.

  • obongo sucks too


    Safer to stay in the closet, u f’ing wankers!

  • iamwinstonsmith


    The point is these were horrible crimes against other humans and should be punished accordingly.

    I would hope if someone did this to me they wouldn’t get punished less simply because I’m not gay.




    • nathan

      it’s hard to read when you type, can you use a larger font?

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  • Tom

    If this teenager had sexual contact with a 30-year-old, that 30-year-old should go to jail. Obviously the gang’s’ vigilante justice was wrong; they should have made the ungangsta-like move of calling the cops, but at least they have enough moral clarity to see that a 30-year-old shouldn’t be sleeping with minors.

    • BobB

      Are you effing stupid? These animal have “moral clarity”? They not only tortured the 30-year old, but his brother and the 17-year old as well. They should all be put away for life — which should be shortened by a needle or a bullet. “Moral clarity” my arse!

  • Jeff

    Charge them with hate crimes. Notice too, the cowards, for all their posturing and “I’m a bad man, I’m in a gang” – they cover their heads! I laugh at them. Cowards all. Charge them with hate crimes and throw the book at the federal government for allowing these people to live in this country illegally. Realize America… if our immigration laws, protecting we citizens, would be enforced by the Federal Government, we could all live MUCH safer. Obama is literally as much to blame here as the gang members for allowing them easy entry and easy living while pushing an “amnesty for all” agenda to let all the criminal rejects who escape Mexico… live here. America is fast becoming a toilet bowl. We need Arizona Governor Jan Brewster for president!

    • iamwinstonsmith

      You want a powerful Federal Government to determine what is and is not a “hate crime”. You want a centralized power to legislate feelings and emotion (like hate).

      Be careful what you wish for.

    • Torry

      What does immigration have to do with this story you prick? The article says nothing about their legal status. It is very unlikely they were Mexican. More likely they were Puerto Rican. But racist pricks like you think all Latinos are Mexican.

  • RC

    you should check your facts, most child molesters are straight.

  • Yvette

    This type of thing happened in Texas only it wasn’t done against a gay person and it didn’t make the national news plus the crime was a lot worse. A metal pipe was used instead. The 16 year old had to be hospitalized for weeks.

  • rich

    they are all obama supporters

  • dr

    citizen arm thyself

  • Rob

    Build a wall around the whole damned city and fill it with water. There’s nothing worth saving there.

  • Chet

    Wow. I suppose if the victims here were not gay, it would be just another assult. No big deal. Has someone just learned that gangs don’t tolerate gays? That fact is not breaking news.

  • don

    Yet another example of the hoodrats which infest our cities…..typical trash

    • frare

      What is a hood rat.\? Sounds like you are talking about your mother.

  • Linda B

    Yup, Jose…God Bless Texas!!!!! I carry my Glock everywhere too!!!! LEGALLY!

  • Linda B

    These smart alek lowclass,pitifully STUPID teenahgers WILL find THEMSELVES in that same position in PRISON!

  • art

    I agree.

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