Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, the muslim man who attacked the two gays in a Manhattan restaurant may want to stay away from tall buildings after the truth about this story gets out…
The man accused of bashing a gay couple with a chair in a Chelsea barbecue restaurant has surrendered to cops — but hasn’t been arrested on hate crime charges because he’s gay too, police sources said.
Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, surrendered to NYPD Hate Crime detectives at the 7th Precinct and charged with assault and attempted assault.
El-Amin slammed a chair over the heads of Jonathan Snipes, 32, and Ethan York-Adams, 25, during a dispute inside Dallas BBQ on Eighth Ave. near W. 23rd St. on May 5.
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He was also accused of using homophobic slurs, but his lawyer said the Bronx resident couldn’t be hit with hate crime charges because his client was also gay, sources with knowledge of the investigation said.
The charges could be upgraded at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon, a second police source said.
El-Amin left the city after the attack, but professed his innocence online.
Here’s the video taken by a surveillance camera in the restaurant. You be the judge:
Video: WABC News TV New York
Writing on the blog The G-List, El-Amin said that he was attacked first.
“I was the victim … I was sitting at my table,” he wrote. “With no provocation, he came up and hit me. There was no slur thrown at him.”
Via: NY Daily News