Man accused of hurling a brick at window of LGBT bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen is under arrest

BREAKING: Man accused of hurling a brick at window of LGBT bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen gayborhood is under arrest – but suspect is yet to be identified

  • Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a string of attacks targeting the VERS LGBT bar in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood 
  • A suspect was caught on video hurling a brick at the bar over the weekend
  • Restaurant owner David DeProlesa said that the attack was the fourth one this week and he had prepared for them to occur when the bar opened in July 

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a brick attack targeting an LGBT bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. 

While the suspect has not been named yet, he is expected to be charged with criminal mischief after a brick was thrown at the window of the VERS bar over the weekend, the New York Post reports. 

It comes after police released a video of a suspect chucking the brick towards the bar, where owner David DeParolesa said it was the fourth time his location has been the victim of recent hate attacks

DeParolesa said he was content that police have been able to make an arrest, but he’s worried that the suspect may not have been acting alone. 

 ‘I really do hope it’s just this one person and that we can close the book — I’m uncertain it is,’ he told the Post. 

Surveillance footage revealed a man that plowed a brick at the window of the Manhattan bar VERS in Hell's Kitchen while people were sitting inside

Surveillance footage revealed a man that plowed a brick at the window of the Manhattan bar VERS in Hell’s Kitchen while people were sitting inside

The footage showed the man run away from the scene before running back and taking another peak. Pictured: The man throwing the brick at the window while people were inside

The footage showed the man run away from the scene before running back and taking another peak. Pictured: The man throwing the brick at the window while people were inside 

Police noted that the crimes against VERS took place on November 13, 15, 19 and 21.  

On Monday, police also released a video of the suspect shopping at a convenience store the day before the attack on the bar. 

The NYPD had said there was up to a $3,500 reward for information leading to the suspects arrest, but it was not immediately clear if the suspect was arrested as a result of a community tip. 

Police officials said the investigations is still on going and would not release further information about the suspect in custody. 

In response to the latest attack on his establishment, DeProlesa said that he considered potential hate crimes when he first opened the bar in July and decided to install shatter proof windows. 

It appeared to be the right call as the brick the man tossed was stopped by the glass and allowed no one to get hurt. 

Since the incident, the NYPD has bolstered its presence in the area and remains on high alert over potential hate crime following the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs and a plan to attack synagogues in the city over the weekend.

‘I have directed the New York State Police to ramp up monitoring and increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes,’ Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. 

‘Here in New York we will not tolerate violence or bigotry toward any community. We stand united against hate — today and every day.’

The city has reported 551 hate crimes so far this year, a 16 percent increase from the same time in 2021. 

Statistics showed that 46 hate crimes were reported last month – three more than the same time last year.

The Jewish community faced the most, with 20 reported incidents last month.

Anti-Semitic hate is on the NYPD’s top list of concerns, especially after a man planned to attach synagogues in the city last week. 

Christopher Brown, 21, has since been arrested after tweeting anti-Semitic threats to synagogues in NYC. 

He was arrested in Penn Station on Saturday along with his accomplice 22-year-old Matthew Mahrer. 

Overall crime in the Big Apple is up 29.1 percent from last year

Overall crime in the Big Apple is up 29.1 percent from last year 

Along with an increase in hate crimes, the Big Apple has seen violent crime continue to rise. 

According to the NYPD, overall crime is up 29.1 percent in New York City from last year, with felony assaults, rapes and robberies all up double digits. Murders are down 14.8 percent and shootings are down 12.5 percent.

Felony assaults are also up nearly 14 percent, with police recording 22,319 cases so far this year, and rapes have increased by nearly 11 percent.

Murders and the number of shooting victims were down 14.4 and 13.6 percent respectively.

The city’s transit system appears to be bearing the brunt of surging crime, with about 1,865 reports so far in 2022, a 41.7 percent spike from last year. 

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