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Three Arrested for Assaulting Immigrant on Staten Island

Friday, April 09, 2010

Police have arrested three teenagers in connection with Monday's attack on a Mexican immigrant in Port Richmond, Staten Island. Police are still looking for a fourth suspect.

The three 17-year-old men face assault and hate crime charges after allegedly beating Rodulfo Olmedo just outside his home. Police officials say Rodulfo Olmedo was savagely beaten with a blunt object early Monday morning by several people just outside his home. They stole his cell phone and wallet.

Olmedo is in stable condition. The suspects, who are black and Hispanic, are awaiting arraignment.

Community leaders gathered on Friday to encourage more victims of hate crimes to come forward, even if they are in the country illegally.

"This is a really serious problem. Undocumented immigrants are afraid. We will not report them if they come to us. We need to know that there's a crime being committed against them because they're entitled to benefits," says Joan Cusack, commissioner of the state's Crime Victims Board.

Cusack says Olmedo's medical costs will be covered, along with lost wages from his bakery job.

Councilwoman Debi Rose, who represents the North Shore section, visited Olmedo in the hospital. She says the father of three wants to leave the neighborhood because the assault took place just outside his door.

"Now he is afraid for his family's well being. And it is not fair that anyone feel unsafe to walk our streets anywhere, at any time," Rose says.

Immigrant rights advocates say bias crimes are common in Port Richmond, but most go unreported.

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