Saturday, December 10, 2022

Search for suspect in attack on a Brick LGBTQ bar in Manhattan

NEW YORK — A Manhattan LGBTQ+ bar that was recently the target of a series of attacks was the victim of another crime Saturday night when a suspect threw a brick through the establishment’s front window.

Video from the bar’s security camera captured the alleged attacker walking toward VERS in Hell’s Kitchen and throwing a brick through the window. The bar owner notes that that has become a pattern.

“Last night and several other nights this past week, a man came with a brick and broke our window during the service while people were here,” David Deparolesa told our sister network. news 4, “It’s a pattern. It’s the same window, it’s a brick, it’s a person we caught on video last night.”

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Deperolesa said the weekend’s attack was the fourth time someone had thrown something at the bar in recent weeks.

The incident took place at midnight on Saturday when the bar was packed with customers.

The attack happened the same night a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring at least 25 others.

“There is a lot of fear in the community about attacks happening across the country, and we just want to make sure that we are providing a safe space and that is what we are doing,” Deparolesa said.

A New York City police spokesman confirmed that the bar has been repeatedly raided over the past week, but that no arrests have been made.

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