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Arrests Made in Alleged Manhattan Bias Attacks

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

A Staten Island man is being held on bail and another is awaiting arraignment in an alleged anti-gay bias attack at the Stonewall Inn.  The famed bar in Greenwich Village is the site considered the birthplace of the modern gay civil rights movement. The incident occurred early Sunday morning.

Matthew Francis, 21 and Christopher Orlando, 17 are accused of attacking Benjamin Carver, 34, in the bar's bathroom.

Francis was charged with assault as a hate crime and attempted robbery and is being held on $10,000 bail. Orlando has not yet been arraigned.

That incident came less than 24 hours after another in the Chelsea neighborhood. Police say a group of men were saying good-night and kissing and hugging each other good-bye when they were confronted by Andrew Jackson, 20 and another group of men who proceeded to punch the first group. Jackson allegedly threw a metal trash bin hitting two men.

Jackson has been charged with multiple counts of assault as a hate crime. Others in his group are at large.

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