Man charged with hate crime after allegedly assaulting woman, yelling anti-Hispanic slurs
A Bronx man has been indicted for hate crimes after allegedly assaulting a senior citizen in an unprovoked attack in a subway station in Downtown Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendant as Lamont Dinkins, 43, of the Bronx. Dinkins was arraigned Tuesday on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree assault, second-degree attempted assault, third-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree assault, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, third-degree menacing and second-degree aggravated harassment.
According to the investigation, on Jan. 18, 2022, at approximately 8:50 p.m., on the R subway line platform at Willoughby Street and Lawrence Street, a 72-year-old woman was speaking into her cell phone in Spanish and English when Dinkins allegedly cursed at her and said: “Stop speaking in Spanish, you Spanish b—h.”
He then allegedly punched the victim repeatedly in the face and head. He allegedly boarded a southbound R train and was arrested at Barclays Center, which was the next stop.
Dinkins is being held on $50,000 bail and was ordered to return to court on April 1, 2022.
Gonzalez said, “Bias-motivated attacks will not be tolerated in Brooklyn, which prides itself on its diversity and inclusion. This alleged attack on a Spanish-speaking senior citizen was particularly egregious because of the victim’s vulnerability and the defendant’s hateful language. We will now seek to hold him accountable for his alleged actions.”
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Sharmalee Brooks-Gordon of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Ari Farkas, Deputy Chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli M. Muse, Chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau.
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