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    Suspect in NYC Hate Crime Charged in 2001 Jul 1, 10:01 PM (ET) By ULA ILNYTZKY NEW YORK (AP) - The white teenager jailed without
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      Suspect in NYC Hate Crime Charged in 2001

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      NEW YORK (AP) - The white teenager jailed without bail after a baseball
      bat attack on a black man was also prosecuted in a bias incident outside
      a Sikh temple on Sept. 11, 2001, and was put on probation for a 2002

      Nicholas Minucci was 15 when he and another young man allegedly shot
      paintballs at worshippers as they left the Sikh Cultural Center in
      Queens, hours after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a law
      enforcement source told The Associated Press.

      Minucci was convicted as a juvenile but the verdict was overturned on
      appeal, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of

      Minucci got five years probation after pleading guilty to assault in the
      stabbing of a 15-year-old in 2002, the source said.

      The short, stocky teen, now 19, was charged with assault as a hate
      crime, robbery and weapon possession in Wednesday's attack in Howard
      Beach - the Queens neighborhood where a black man died in 1986 while
      fleeing an attack by a gang of whites.

      The victim in this week's attack, Glenn Moore, 22, suffered a fractured
      skull and remained in critical condition Friday. Prosecutors said his
      assailants hurled racial slurs and allegedly told him, "That is what you
      get when you try to rob white boys."

      Anthony Ench, 21, an alleged accomplice of Minucci, was jailed without
      bail Friday after being arraigned on charges of assault and robbery as
      hate crimes.

      Minucci's lawyer said Moore provoked the attack by holding a screwdriver
      to Minucci's neck. Police and prosecutors said that account was not

      Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly condemned
      the latest incident as a bias crime, eliciting praise from civil rights
      activist the Rev. Al Sharpton for their quick response.



      June 30, 2005

      White Men Attacked 3 Black Men in Howard Beach Hate Crime, the Police


      A group of white men set upon three black men on the streets of Howard
      Beach, Queens, early yesterday, beating one with a baseball bat and
      fracturing his skull, the police and prosecutors said.

      The white men, who emerged from a black 2005 Cadillac Escalade before
      dawn, sent the black men fleeing into nearby swampland and through the
      streets of the largely white, insular neighborhood. One of the black
      men, Glenn Moore, 22, of St. Albans, Queens, tripped over a lawn. There,
      his assailants beat him with a metal bat, stole the sneakers off his
      feet and ripped an earring from one ear, the police said.

      Mr. Moore suffered injuries to his head, back and legs and was in
      Jamaica Hospital Medical Center last night, listed in serious condition.
      His girlfriend's sister said he was going in and out of consciousness.

      The police said they had taken Nicholas Minucci, a 19-year-old
      unemployed man from Howard Beach, into custody, and a senior law
      enforcement official said he would be charged with assault in the first
      degree as a hate crime, which carries a sentence of from 8 to 25 years.
      The police said that Mr. Minucci had admitted to part of the crime, and
      that he had given a videotaped confession.

      The event took place mere blocks from the site of a 1986 attack in which
      a group of about a dozen white men set upon three black men whose car
      had broken down in the neighborhood, forcing one of the men to run for
      his life. He died when he was struck by a car. That assault ignited a
      furor in the city, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor
      and laying bare a degree of racial tension in New York that would
      reverberate for years.

      Four white men from Howard Beach were tried, and three were convicted on
      manslaughter and assault charges and sent to prison. The fourth
      defendant, a 16-year-old, was acquitted of all charges. The episode and
      the ensuing unrest made Howard Beach all but synonymous with racial
      discord, and played out as a charged political and social drama for

      The details in the new attack, which were still emerging last night,
      appeared to be in some ways more complicated. Mr. Minucci, the accused,
      said that the three black men might have been looking at his jewelry
      earlier last week, and that he was responding to that when he came
      across them around 3 a.m. yesterday. For their part, two of the black
      men, according to police, admitted under questioning that they had been
      in the area with hopes of stealing a car.

      But one law enforcement official said that at the time of the attack,
      the black men had done nothing more than be in Howard Beach around 3
      a.m. And another official said that Mr. Minucci told investigators that
      after the beating, his companion said, "This is what you get if you want
      to rob white boys," finishing the sentence with a racial epithet.

      "Crimes motivated by ethnic or racial bias, particularly those involving
      violence, can never be tolerated," the Queens district attorney, Richard
      A. Brown, said. "Bias crimes will be aggressively investigated and
      prosecuted, and crimes motivated by hate are to be condemned, and when
      they do regrettably occur, they will be vigorously prosecuted and

      In 2004, Mr. Minucci pleaded guilty to assault in an unrelated case. In
      that case, he was charged with stabbing a 15-year-old outside a Broad
      Channel bar in 2002, but the defendant in that case died in an accident
      before the case could go to trial. In his plea, Mr. Minucci was treated
      as a youthful offender.

      Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was briefed on yesterday's attack last night
      and went to the 106th Precinct in Queens, where he and Police
      Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly spoke to reporters. "The reason that we're
      here is that hate crimes will not be tolerated," Mr. Bloomberg said.
      Late last night, the Rev. Al Sharpton said that he had received a call
      from Mr. Bloomberg, assuring him that the city "would not tolerate"
      racial attacks, if this case proved to be one.

      Mr. Kelly told reporters that the police were seeking Mr. Minucci's
      companions for questioning. He identified one of them as Anthony Ench,

      According to law enforcement officials, the incident began shortly after
      3 a.m., when Mr. Moore and his two companions were walking under the
      84th Street overpass that crosses the Belt Parkway, which separates the
      enclave of Lindenwood from the rest of Howard Beach. It was then, the
      officials said, that the three men first encountered the black Escalade.

      Mr. Minucci was alone in the car at the time, and he and the three black
      men exchanged what Commissioner Kelly said both sides described as a
      "hard stare."

      As the men walked into Howard Beach, near 157th Avenue, they saw the
      Escalade coming toward them, the officials said, adding that one of the
      black men told the others to "post up," as if they were at a bus stop,
      and the black men stared at the Escalade, which drove on.

      They had walked several blocks further when, 10 to 15 minutes later,
      they saw the S.U.V. again, near 159th Avenue and 79th Street, and
      noticed that it now carried three white men.

      It stopped, and the driver, Mr. Minucci, got out, threw an aluminum
      baseball bat at Mr. Moore, the police said, and began running after the
      men. Mr. Moore and his friends, who said they heard Mr. Minucci utter a
      racial epithet, fled.

      As his two friends, whom the police later identified as Richard Wood,
      20, and Richard Pope, 25, hid in the weeds of St. Helen's, a Roman
      Catholic church nearby, Mr. Moore hid behind a tree, where Mr. Minucci
      caught sight of his red shirt and ran after him, the police said.

      As he ran away, Mr. Moore tripped on the lawn of a home on 79th Street.

      There, Mr. Minucci came upon Mr. Moore, he told the police, and hit him
      in the back and in the legs with the bat. He did not admit to hitting
      Mr. Moore in the head with the bat, and said that Mr. Moore had injured
      his head on the curb. But the police said that the blow Mr. Moore
      suffered to his head caused a skull fracture.

      While Mr. Minucci stood over Mr. Moore with the bat, the police said,
      another man from the Escalade pulled off Mr. Moore's Air Jordan
      sneakers, and stole a shopping bag containing another pair of shoes,
      which Mr. Moore's girlfriend, Andrea Gordon, said were a new pair of
      Prada dress shoes.

      Ms. Gordon said that a bag containing a new pair of Air Jordans for the
      couple's 6-month-old daughter, Amiyh, was also taken.

      The white men left in the Escalade, leaving Mr. Moore on the ground,
      where he was quickly rejoined by his friends and taken to Jamaica
      Hospital Medical Center.

      In interviews yesterday morning with detectives, Mr. Moore's companions
      said that they had been in the neighborhood to steal a car, a Chrysler
      300, for which they had been paid $6,000 in advance, an official said.
      But Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, said that at the time of the
      attack, the men had not committed a crime.

      "There is no indication from Minucci or anyone else that they were aware
      that Moore and the others were planning to steal cars," Mr. Browne said.
      "There is no indication from them or anyone else that they were aware of
      that aspect of it."Yesterday, as one of Mr. Moore's companions drove
      through the neighborhood with investigators to retrace the crime, they
      came across a black Escalade driven by Mr. Minucci,

      Capt. Michael J. Osgood of the department's hate crime task force pulled
      over the car and found an aluminum bat and two pairs of shoes inside
      that matched the description of those taken, the police said.

      Last night, Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Moore had been charged in July 2003
      with auto theft, and that Mr. Pope and Mr. Wood, who is also known as
      Robert Walker, had lengthy criminal histories.

      Yet the families of both Mr. Moore and Mr. Minucci said they were
      stunned and confused by the attack and charges. Mr. Moore's family said
      the plot to steal a car was out of character, while Mr. Minucci's
      relatives described him as a law-abiding young man.

      Chandra Eisen, Mr. Moore's mother, said that she doubted that her son,
      the oldest of four children, had any plan to steal a car, as he was due
      to receive a settlement from a childhood car accident and is currently
      collecting disability benefits from the Army. She said he had gotten
      into scrapes with the law from time to time, but that last night he was
      simply walking home with friends after visiting his girlfriend and

      In the short walk from the girlfriend's apartment, she said, they had
      wandered into the Howard Beach area. A few minutes after the first
      sighting of the Escalade and the stare-down, the S.U.V. circled back
      around, she quoted her son as saying.

      "Glenn said they were shouting, 'What do you think you are doing in this
      neighborhood?' " Mrs. Eisen said.

      Outside the tidy brick townhouse where Mr. Minucci lives with his mother
      on a tree-lined street with an ocean breeze, an uncle, Anthony Minucci,
      defended his nephew and said that he had not heard that he faced a hate
      crime charge. He said that his nephew was an ordinary boy, who was
      raised as a Roman Catholic and played Little League baseball when he was
      younger. "He's not a racist," Mr. Minucci said. "We're not racist. He's
      definitely not racist."

      One woman, who gave her name only as Joanna, said that four years ago
      she had moved to the block where yesterday's attack took place. She said
      that she had little memory of even hearing the news accounts of the 1986

      "I don't know if it was a racial thing or what," she said of yesterday's
      attack. "I just didn't expect it."

      Reporting for this article was contributed by Kareem Fahim, Janon
      Fisher, Jennifer 8. Leeand Marc Santora.



      Howard Beach 'bias' attack

      Accused bat-wielding thug arraigned on hate crime charge


      Glenn Moore, who was beaten with a baseball bat.
      Click here for earlier story

      A white teenager was charged with a hate crime Thursday for allegedly
      beating a black man with a baseball bat in a neighborhood that became
      infamous for a fatal racial confrontation two decades ago.

      Police said Nicholas Minucci, 19, had confessed to the attack, which
      happened early Wednesday in the Howard Beach section of Queens and left
      the victim in critical condition with a fractured skull.

      Minucci was charged with assault as a hate crime — punishable by a
      minimum of eight years in prison — as well as robbery and criminal
      weapon possession. One of his companions, 22-year-old Anthony Ench, was
      arrested Thursday and a third was being sought.

      Minucci's attorney, Lori Zeno, said the victim, Glen Moore, had tried to
      rob Minucci and threatened him with a screwdriver. Police said they did
      not believe Minucci's account.

      Two of the three black men told investigators they had been in the
      neighboring Lindenwood section Wednesday looking for a luxury sedan to
      steal but then changed their minds when they were spotted by passers-by.
      They said a white man in a car spotted them and then returned with two

      The three white men got out and one threw a metal baseball bat toward
      the three black men, shouting racial epithets, authorities said. Minucci
      then attacked Moore with the bat, according to police.

      One of Minucci's companions reportedly shouted, "This is what you get if
      you want to rob white boys," finishing the remark with a racial epithet.

      The conflict happened blocks away from where three black men were beaten
      in 1986 after their car broke down. One of them, 23-year-old Michael
      Griffith, was killed by a car as he fled. The attack ignited racial
      tensions and was compared to a lynching by then-Mayor Edward Koch.

      Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that the city has "zero tolerance"
      for hate crimes.

      "I think if you look today, this city has learned a lesson, pulled
      together and is not going to let anybody tear us apart," Bloomberg said.

      Assistant District Attorney Brian Kohm said Minucci admitted the crime
      in written and videotaped confessions.

      Moore's sneakers and the bat believed to have been used in the attack
      were found in the SUV driven by Minucci, authorities said.

      "This crime is a rather heinous, violent hate crime," Kohm said at
      Minucci's arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

      Moore, 20, was in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital.

      Civil rights leader Al Sharpton, who visited Moore at the hospital
      Thursday, said he planned to march in Howard Beach in coming days.

      Earlier story


      A black man was clubbed with a baseball bat in Howard Beach early
      yesterday by white attackers, fracturing his skull in what authorities
      called a hate crime, police said.

      "This is what you get if you want to rob white boys, n----r!" one of the
      attackers spewed as Glenn Moore, 22, lay bleeding, the victim's friends
      told cops, law enforcement sources said.

      Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly held a news
      conference at the 106th Precinct stationhouse in Queens last night after
      a suspected attacker was arrested.

      The brutal beating came nearly 20 years after a black construction
      worker, Michael Griffith, was run down by a car in the same neighborhood
      when thugs chased him into traffic - a crime that turned Howard Beach
      into a byword for racial tensions in New York.

      "We will have no tolerance whatsoever for hate crimes against any groups
      in this city," declared Bloomberg, who said it appeared the attack was
      "racially motivated."

      "We have come a long ways in New York and we are not going to let one
      incident divide this city," he added.

      Bloomberg called the attack "ugly" but "isolated," noting that no other
      hate crimes had been committed in Howard Beach in the past two years.

      Moore, who was taken to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition with a
      fractured skull, was recovering last night, his mother told the Daily

      "It doesn't make any sense that something like this continues to
      happen," the distraught mother, Chandra Eison, said.

      "We bleed the same blood. To be attacked for just walking in the
      neighborhood? ... How can you do that to somebody?"

      After initially refusing to cooperate with cops, his two friends
      admitted they had been in the area to steal a luxury car. But they
      insisted Moore wasn't in on the plan, police said.

      Nicholas Minucci, 19, who was arrested in the brutal attack, also
      apparently had no idea what Moore's pals had been up to, the sources

      In a videotaped confession, Minucci told cops he attacked Moore because
      he believed Moore and his pals had "eyed" a $3,000 chain Minucci had
      been wearing days earlier at a Cross Bay Blvd. hangout, sources said.
      But investigators doubted that account, sources said.

      Minucci - who was on probation for stabbing a teen in 2002 - told cops
      he repeatedly hit Moore with a metal bat at 3:30 a.m., but claimed Moore
      fractured his skull when he tripped while fleeing, the sources said.

      Minucci's accomplice ripped Moore's Air Jordan sneakers off his feet
      during the assault on 79th St. near 159th Ave., the sources said.

      Sometime earlier, Moore's friends had allegedly attempted to steal a
      Chrysler 300 parked outside a house in nearby Lindenwood, police said.

      One of the friends told cops they had been promised $6,000 if they
      swiped the car, but said the threesome took off after a light inside a
      house came on, the sources said.

      As Moore and his friends walked into Howard Beach, a Cadillac Escalade
      drove up beside them, police said.

      Moore and his pals "posted up" - meaning they pretended to be waiting
      for a bus - and then exchanged "hard stares" with the sport-utility
      vehicle driver, Kelly said.

      The black SUV drove off but returned 15 minutes later, this time with
      three men inside, and one of them yelled, "Yo! What are you n-----s
      doing here?" the sources said.

      Minucci, known in the neighborhood as Fat Nick, allegedly jumped out
      with a metal bat. Moore's friends ran off and hid in a marsh near St.
      Helen's Catholic Church, but he slipped, the sources said.

      Minucci allegedly hit Moore with the bat, while another attacker tore an
      earring out of his ear and stole his sneakers and his bag, which held a
      pair of shoes and clothes for his 6-month-old daughter, the sources

      Moore managed to use his cell phone to call his friends, who returned
      and alerted cops, the sources said.The friends - Richard Pope, 25, and
      Richard Walker, 20, both of Brooklyn - eventually agreed to help cops,
      the sources said.

      Driving along the Lindenwood and Howard Beach border with NYPD Capt.
      Michael Osgood, Pope spotted the Escalade. Cops pulled the SUV over,
      finding a bat, Moore's sneakers and the bag with his baby's clothes,
      sources said.

      Minucci was driving the car, police said. He was charged with
      first-degree assault as a hate crime, and faces up to 25 years in
      prison, if convicted.

      Police identified one alleged accomplice as Anthony Ench of Howard
      Beach. Cops were also looking for a third white man, identified only as

      Although Moore has a past arrest for car theft, his mother insisted he
      carried a hammer and other tools with him because he planned to hang his
      Air Jordans on his wall as a decoration.

      She said her son, who is unemployed, had served a year in the Army and
      was on disability.

      The beating stunned many in the close-knit Queens neighborhood, which
      the late mob boss John Gotti called home.

      "It wasn't a racial incident," insisted Minucci's cousin Nicholas
      Bonina, 23. "We have black neighbors. It's not like that anymore."

      With Robert F. Moore, Tony Sclafani and Scott Shifrel

      Originally published on June 30, 2005



      Hate Crime in Queens

      Early yesterday morning, three black men who were walking in the
      predominantly white neighborhood of Howard Beach, Queens, were attacked
      by white men. Two of the men managed to flee, but one, Glenn Moore, had
      tripped on a curb was beaten badly by the attacked; he now has a
      fractured skull. The police are calling this a hate crime, as the
      attackers allegedly used racial epithets. The three black men, Moore,
      Richard Pope and Richard Walker, told the authorities they were in the
      area looking for a Chrysler 300 to steal and wandered into Howard Beach;
      Nicholas Minucci passed by them in his car, and then returned with his
      friends. Minucci was arrested and confessed to the crime; the police are
      still looking for his friends.

      Notably, the Mayor and Police Commissioner held a press conference late
      last night in Ozone Park to discuss the crime after visiting the crime
      scene and make it clear there was no tolerance for acts like this. In a
      notorious 1986 incident in Howard Beach, three black men had been
      threatened by whites in the neighborhood; one of the three ran onto the
      highway to get away and was killed by a car. The NY Times has a story on
      the neighborhood today, which its residents think is more tolerant;
      however, one woman, who was sympathetic to Moore, wondered, "But what
      was he doing here at three in the morning, robbing?"

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