New York City police have released a photo of the second suspect who is allegedly behind an apparent hate crime that has left an openly gay man from Queens in a medically induced coma.
According to New York City police, 49-year-old Jack Price was assaulted by two men after leaving a 24-hour corner deli near his home on College Point Blvd. The suspects reportedly taunted Price and hurled anti-gay slurs at him before assaulting him.
One of the suspects – identified as 26-year-old Daniel Aleman – was arrested Sunday and charged with assault and aggravated assault as a hate crime.
Police have now released a photo of the second suspect believed to be involved in the crime. Investigators are searching for Daniel Rodriguez, 21, of College Point.
City Council speaker Christine Quinn – an out lesbian – spoke at a press conference Monday and voiced her concern over the incident.
“I know the Queens community is outraged that hate has tainted their streets, and I know they will join with us in helping the local authorities find the second suspect,” said Quinn in a statement. “I applaud the NYPD for taking swift action on this case, and I know they will continue their efforts until justice is served.”
Price remains in critical but stable condition at New York hospital.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.