Following the latest in a string of gay “bias attacks,” police have arrested a 45-year-old Queens man for attacking two men in the West Village Friday night, including a bartender at what authorities called the city’s oldest gay bar, Julius. The suspect was already on parole for a separate, seven-month-old grand larceny charge.
Via the Daily News:
Giunta first attacked a man in front of 114 Christopher Street, grabbing his wallet and cutting his face with a punch, authorities said.
About 10 minutes later, at 5:40 p.m., he slugged a man two blocks away inside the Julius Bar, the city’s oldest gay watering hole, authorities said.
“What are you going to do, you f—— n—–,” he allegedly yelled at that victim. “You are a f—–g f—-t.”
Giunta was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor as a hate crime and attempted robbery.
DNAInfo interviewed a separate bartender at Julius, who said Giunta was “banned from the Julius Bar a decade earlier, but staff didn’t recognize him as the same man.” The first victim “was treated for a laceration that required stitches at Beth Israel Hospital.”
Giunta is currently being held at the Manhattan Detention Center in Downtown Manhattan on $25,000 bail. He’s charged with third-degree attempted robbery.
According to Manhattan Supreme Court records, Giunta was previously arrested in March on one count of felony grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of petit larceny. He pleaded guilty to those charges in exchange for two to four years of supervised parole.
Update: Erin Duggan, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA’s office, says Giunta was charged with two felonies (attempted robbery and assault as a hate crime), not a misdemeanor. She says the case is being investigated and prosecuted by the DA’s new Hate Crimes Unit.