NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD believes they know the identity of the man caught on video smashing a chair over the heads of two men at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea earlier this month.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce identified the suspect as Bayna El-Amin.
“He is a career criminal,” Boyce said. “We believe he has fled the state.”
The shocking incident took place at around 11 p.m. on May 5.
Boyce said the NYPD had identified El-Amin about a week ago.
Sources tell CBS2 El-Amin has 15 prior arrests including Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan and New Jersey. Most of the arrests are for assault and drug possession, sources said.
Warning: Some May Find Video Disturbing
After Snipes’ partner pulls him away, the attacker raises the wooden chair and slams it down on both men’s skulls. Snipes slumps in a chair, while the other collapses to the floor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack disturbing.
Snipes spent hours talking to detectives with the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, telling them a dinner date was underway when the drink spilled, and the suspect sitting at another table allegedly made an anti-gay slur.
The attacker fled the scene and remains at large.
Anyone with any information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).