Monday, June 22, 2009

Man charged with hate crime in assault on two gay men

Wenzola Rountree, 31, charged with assault as a hate crime --
A Central Islip man used anti-gay epithets while beating and kicking two men early Friday morning, then told police he would do it again, Suffolk authorities said.

Wenzola Rountree, 31, was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment after he approached three openly gay men walking out of a friend's home on Earle Street in Central Islip at 1:15 a.m. Friday, said Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks of the Hate Crimes Unit.

Rountree yelled anti-gay slurs and punched and kicked two of the men, causing cuts, scrapes and bruises, Reecks said. One victim had a swollen eye and needed nine stitches, police said.

"He was attacking them because of their sexual orientation," Reecks said....

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