Three men have been taken into custody in connection to the possible bias attack of a Mexican man in Port Richmond in Staten Island. A fourth suspect is being sought by police.
Staten Island residents Rolston Hopson, 27, Tyrone Goodman, 17, and William Marcano, 17, were arrested and charged Friday morning. They were charged with with the hate crime-related charges of first-degree robbery; assault and aggrevated assault; injury-related charges of first-degree robbery and assualt; second-degree gang assault; and criminal possesion of a weapon.
The attack has community members and politicians outraged.
"We condemn this violent act of intolerance and ignorance in the strongest possible terms. We must stand together to send a clear message that we will not be intimidated, we will not be afraid," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a released statement.
Council Member Debi Rose added, "It is in celebration of our diversity that I strongly urge anyone who has information about this brutal attack to contact authorities."
The victim, 26 year-old Rodulfo Olmedo, was attacked Monday just before 5 a.m., while walking home to his apartment along Port Richmond Avenue.
Police say four men beat him with an unknown object, robbed him of his wallet and cell phone, while yelling anti-Mexican slurs.Olmedo remains is stable condition in Richmond University Medical Center.
No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate the beating as a possible bias crime.
Anyone with information on the attack is advised to call 1-800-577-TIPS.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun