Suspect in NYC Hate Crime Charged in 2001 Hate Crime
- 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 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
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
By MICHELLE O'DONNELL and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
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
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
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Glenn Moore, who was beaten with a baseball bat.
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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.
BY KERRY BURKE, TAMER EL-GHOBASHY and ALISON GENDAR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
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
"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,
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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