Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan (WABC) — A person involved in the vandalism of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen was detained by police Tuesday morning.
Eyewitness News has exclusively captured a man getting into an unmarked patrol car after officers spent hours inside the Hell’s Kitchen apartment building where he is believed to live.
Both incidents occurred on the eve of National Day. transgender memorial dayhonors the memory of transgender people who lost their lives through violence and discrimination.
Police said the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Sean Kuilan, threw a brick at the window of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen three times last week.
He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
The video shows a man police say threw a stone through a Vers window on Ninth Avenue hours earlier Saturday night. Gunman killed 5 people and injured more than 12 At Club Q, an LGBTQIA+ bar in Colorado Springs.
This comes after the New York Police Department released a new, clear surveillance video of the suspect at a neighborhood bodega.
On Tuesday morning, Eyewitness News reporter Derrick Waller told neighbors who recognized the man police were looking for.
“His mother died of COVID about a year ago and I think that’s when he snapped. I think his heart just snapped. Yes, she died suddenly. ‘said the neighbor.
May have led investigators to his apartment.
“He talks to himself. He looks very strange in his clothes and just walks down the street yelling and ranting,” said a neighbor.
According to sources, the motive was some sort of ongoing feud with the bar owner, not hate.
But neighbors say they are living in tension given the recent rise in hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community.
“I hate to say it, but I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t surprised. The weather in this country, what happened in Colorado Springs. It’s a microcosm of the world. We’re going to get our share. I’m glad it’s not a gun.
“Sadly, there are still people who are stuck in times that don’t want to embrace change or anything like that and can’t find a better word to say,” said resident Sandra Reyes.
Over the weekend, the owner of Verse Bar in Hell’s Kitchen spoke about why he spoke up.
“I’m worried about what the next move will be and whether I’ll do it to other gay bars in my neighborhood,” said bar owner David Deparoleza.
When asked about this ongoing feud with staff, the bar owner said he was completely unaware of the suspect.
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