NEW YORK (AP) — Two men accused of participating in anti-gay beatings in New York City have been arraigned on hate crime charges.

Ruddy Vargas-Perez and Jose Dominguez did not enter pleas during their appearance Tuesday night in the Bronx Criminal Court.

Prosecutors say Vargas-Perez faces charges including robbery, gang assault and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes. He’s being held on $25,000 bond or cash bail. His attorney says his client was innocent of the charges.

Dominguez faces charges of gang assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes. He was held without bail. His attorney’s name was not immediately available.

Dominguez, the 10th suspect in the case, surrendered early Tuesday. Vargas-Perez was arrested Monday.

Authorities believe the attacks were touched off because gang members thought a recruit was gay.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (17)
  1. Frank Sullivan says:

    The Catholic Church, all religions, the ministers, the Republicans, the bible belt, are all responsible for this, as these uneducated thugs are just acting on the drum beat of heatred they hear from these groups!

    1. Dan says:

      well said Frank.

    2. KPMc says:

      People are responsible for their own actions. We are always looking for someone else to blame.

      There comes a time when you have to accept responsibility and not point fingers.

  2. jtorres says:

    None of these guys were saints before and they probably terrorized the neighborhood. But that’s the point: the residents were too terrified to report what they did. Being a member of a gang is not a crime but everyone knows if you rat one out, the others will come after you. The difference is this was one of their own recruits and no one is going to come after him. Not after 12 have already been arrested and it’s all over the news. They may be thugs but they’re not that stupid.

    1. Dan says:

      I guess we have a different definition of stupid.

  3. DanTe says:

    These thugs had been beating up the neighborhood for a long time. No arrests. Beat up a gay? And you got the gay DA’s all over you.

    1. KPMc says:

      So… to be fair… you suggest we just let them go?

  4. yisell says:

    man i know most of them n still cant fit in my head that brian cepeda will do such thing very upset about it but i love him to death even thou he was dead wrong

    1. Dan says:

      If you are surrounded by people like this please speak up before it happens again. The only way this type of thing will stop is if straight people open their mouth.

  5. Les Daimonds says:

    Im scared for the future mehn dem gays gon accelerate the apocalypse with all this sinning n b.s…… wats the world turnin into u just actin like being gay is cool or ok. like u gon be able to tell God that .” oh i im gay n im proud of it”…… Word up, Hell’s is mean mehn with hate a lot worse than in war prison cells in Africa. And they got The Punisher rite der too, meaner than Einstein brain-power imagination………….. Shoot

    1. KPMc says:

      You’d better hope there’s no literacy test at the pearly gates.

  6. david murray says:

    people like toni bear some responsibiliity for what is going on in America. wake up, lady (and I use the term loosely). America is sick of you and the many other Americans who have lost sight of the equality our country is based on.

  7. aiza says:

    being gay is not a choice…theyr humans deserve a respect like all of us

  8. Michael H. says:

    No, Toni. America is getting sick of the likes of you.

  9. Pete says:

    These dudes are in for a rude and painful awakening as they will get a taste of their own medicine in prison; should’ve thought it was a possibility before they engaged in what they did. They won’t be able to sit without complaining for a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time.

  10. SKL says:

    They should get life for the crimes they committed. Lock them up with some REAL gang members and let them find out what it feels like on the receiving end of a plunger handle.

  11. Frank Green says:

    America has become a melting pot for nut cases

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