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2 USteens charged with beating, robbing immigrant

2 USteens charged with beating, robbing immigrant

Two teenagers were charged Wednesday with a hate crime in the robbery and beating of an Ecuadorean man just steps away from where another immigrant died last year in a notorious bias attack.
Curt J. Hatton, 19, and Matthew J. Mont, 16, pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault as a hate crime at separate arraignments in First District Court in Central Islip. A third man, 20-year-old Ramon Rodriguez, was charged Saturday in the attack on Milton Balbuca.
All three were being charged as adults and were held on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.
Suffolk County Police said Balbuca, a 22-year-old day laborer, encountered three young men Aug. 14 while walking home from a friend's house at about 11:30 p.m. One of them punched Balbuca in the face, and the other two kicked and punched him as he fell to the ground, police said.
Yelling ethnic slurs, the assailants took the man's cash, sneakers and T-shirt before fleeing, police said.
The bleeding, wounded victim walked to the train station, where someone called for help. He was treated for cuts and bruises at a nearby hospital and was released.
Also Wednesday, Judge Stephen Lotto granted an order of protection against the suspects in the case to ensure they stay way from Balbuca if they are released on bail. A call to Hatton's attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday. Mont's attorney was out of the office and unavailable for comment.
The incident stirred memories of the deadly stabbing of Marcelo Lucero, which helped spur an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into bias crimes on eastern Long Island.
Lucero, a 37-year-old dry cleaning worker who was also an Ecuadorean immigrant, was stabbed and killed near the same train station in November. Seven teenagers have pleaded not guilty to hate crime and other charges in Lucero's death.
Authorities said some of the teens had attacked local Hispanics in a series of incidents stretching back a year, prompting an outcry from Hispanic residents who said police hadn't taken the earlier assaults seriously in Patchogue, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Manhattan on Long Island's south shore.


Updated : 2021-05-09 00:55 GMT+08:00