Date: May 10, 2023 Website: New York Daily News Author: Janon Fisher Summarized by Chat GPT and Wayne McEachron AKA Osiris
Title: Homeless Man Charged with Hate Crimes for Defecating on LGBTQ+ Pride Flags at NYC Restaurant
1. A homeless man, Fred Innocent, has been charged with multiple hate crimes for defecating on two LGBTQ+ Pride flags at a Manhattan restaurant. 2. Innocent entered Buceo 95, a tapas bar on the Upper West Side, and grabbed the rainbow flags from a table. 3. He defecated on one of the flags and used the other to clean himself, according to the NYPD. 4. The restaurant owner, Courtney Barroll, described the incident as a "total hate crime" and expressed gratitude to the NYPD for catching the perpetrator. 5. Barroll had displayed the flags in her restaurant to convey a welcoming atmosphere to the gay community. 6. Enrique Trujillo, a restaurant porter, discovered the defecation incident while cleaning the dining shed. 7. Innocent was caught on surveillance camera committing the act. 8. Innocent, whose address is linked to a Harlem shelter, faces charges of burglary, harassment, and trespassing, all as hate crimes, along with additional trespassing and burglary charges. 9. He has a history of prior run-ins with the law, including arrests for burglary, grand larceny, and felony assault. 10. Barroll intends to press for the maximum charges possible and hopes for justice in court.
Direct Quote: "I want to thank the NYPD detectives for catching him. They worked so hard on this." - Courtney Barroll, the restaurant owner.
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