NEW YORK – A second suspect has been arrested in the apparent hate assault that left a 49-year-old New York City gay man in a medically induced coma.
Police say 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez was taken into custody in Norfolk, Va. Tuesday night. Charges are pending and NYPD detectives are in the process of returning him to New York.
Earlier Tuesday, 26-year-old Daniel Aleman was arraigned on a charge of assault as a hate crimes. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. A telephone call to his attorney was not immediately returned.
Investigators say the two Queens men taunted Jack Price and yelled anti-gay slurs before punching and kicking him last Thursday after he left a 24-hour deli near his home in Queens.
Price suffered a fractured jaw and ribs, the collapse of both of his lungs, and a lacerated spleen.