New York City Police arrested a 26-year-old man Monday for allegedly beating an openly gay man as he left a Queens deli on Friday.
Police say that Daniel Aleman was one of two men who beat 49-year-old Jack Price. Aleman was arrested Sunday and charged with assault and aggravated assault as a hate crime. A second suspect, Daniel Rodriguez, 21, of College Point is still at large, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in bring him in.
Price was in fair condition at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens on Monday, and his vital signs were stable, according to hospital spokeswoman Camela Morrissey.
"When someone is attacked for being who they are, and for being proud of who they are, there is no other explanation for that attack than hatred and bigotry," said New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the first openly gay speaker of the city council.
"I know the Queens community is outraged that hate has tainted their streets, and I know they will join with us in helping the local authorities find the second suspect."
The police department's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.