Police charge teen in the bias attack of LGBT activist - KMSP-TV

Teen charged in bias attack on activist

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The NYPD has charged a teen for assaulting a gay rights activist in Midtown early Saturday morning.

Police say 19-year-old Manuel Riquelme was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime and harassment.

The victim, Eugene Lovendusky, was walking with his partner and another friend after leaving a Midtown nightclub. The three men were headed towards a subway stop, when a group of nine teens, including Riquelme, passed by and started calling them anti-gay slurs around 3:20 a.m.

According to police, Riquelme allegedly hit Lovendusky in the face in front of 350 West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Lovendusky called police, who later found the teens in a pizzeria on West 40th Street and Ninth Avenue.

Lovendusky, a LGBT activist, had recently spoken during a rally against hate crimes, after the bias shooting that killed Mark Carson on May 17. 

This incident is latest of bias attacks in recent weeks, which has prompted the NYPD to increase patrols.

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