NEW YORK (WPIX)—A second man has been arrested in connection with the brutal attack in Queens that left an openly gay man hospitalized and in serious condition.
Police say the victim, Jack Price, 49, was harassed and assaulted by two men early Friday morning as he was leaving a deli in College Point. The attackers shouted antigay comments and pummeled Price to the ground. Investigators say he was left with a broken jaw, fractured ribs and a lacerated spleen.
Despite his injuries, Price managed to walk and crawl more than 10 blocks home so he could call 911.
The alleged bias attack was caught on surveillance video provided by the College Point Board of Trade. They installed cameras in several buildings to deter graffiti.
On Tuesday, the United States Marshals Service arrested Daniel Rodriguez, 21, after 4 days of being on the lam. He was was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia. Rodriguez was located through tips to the New York Police Department's Real Time Crime Center. Police say charges are pending.
Another man, Daniel Aleman, 26 was arrested over the weekend and is facing charges of assault and aggravated assault as a hate crime.
Manhattan City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, has spoken out against the attackers. The openly gay Democrat and other city and state officials gathered in Queens on Tuesday to denounce the assault, calling it a hate crime.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the NYPD is taking the attack very seriously. He calls the crime despicable. "We will not tolerate that in this city. We aggressively investigate any hate crime," said Kelly.