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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:01 AM
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NYT: Man Charged in Hate Crimes; Brooklyn Victim Is in a Coma
Man Charged in Hate Crimes; Brooklyn Victim Is in a Coma
Published: October 12, 2006

A 19-year-old man was charged with hate crimes yesterday in connection with an attack on a Brooklyn man who was lured to a desolate meeting place Sunday night, robbed and forced onto the Belt Parkway, where he was struck by a car and critically injured, the police said.

The victim, Michael J. Sandy, was still in a coma yesterday, relatives said. The attack is being treated as a hate crime because investigators believe the assailants singled out Mr. Sandy for being gay and arranged over the Internet to meet him at a place often visited by gay men. Three other men were being questioned yesterday in connection with the attack, the police said. Officials said a group of as many as four men orchestrated the rendezvous in order to rob Mr. Sandy, telling him in Internet messages to bring enough money to pay for a hotel room.

At 9:40 p.m. on Sunday at the meeting place a narrow, garbage-strewn parking lot near Sheepshead Bay, sandwiched between Plumb Beach and the eastbound lanes of the parkway Mr. Sandy, 28, was attacked by at least two of the men, the police said. He backed away from them and, at one point, darted into the path of a car, which struck him and kept going, the police said. The police were still seeking the driver of the car that struck Mr. Sandy.Other cars on the highway were forced to stop as the attack spilled across three lanes of roaring traffic. One witness told detectives that after Mr. Sandy was struck by the car, she saw a man drag him to the shoulder of the Belt Parkway and rifle his pockets.

Detectives investigating Internet communications Mr. Sandy had had were led to the first suspect, John Fox, 19, of Knapp Street in Brooklyn, who is a sophomore at SUNY Maritime College. Mr. Fox was charged yesterday with first-degree assault as a hate crime, and first- and second-degree robbery, also as hate crimes, said a spokesman for Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney. Mr. Fox faces a potentially longer prison term than if the hate crime statute was not applied, according to the spokesman....


...Mr. Sandys aunt said the family was rallying to support her nephew as he remained in critical condition yesterday....She said that Mr. Sandy was in a coma with his breathing supported by a respirator, and that the family was struggling with whether to remove him from it....
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:06 AM
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1. That's terrible. And such premeditation, too.
I can't even begin to wonder how these people thought it'd be worth it. Did they think they wouldn't be caught? Or did they want the notoriety and take pride in such despicable actions?
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:14 AM
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2. This story is truly heartbreaking. I can't begin to understand...
how someone could do this.
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