A group of 10 black youths blocked a white couple's car in the New York borough of Brooklyn, brutally beating the husband and slamming the wife's head into the pavement by her hair as they shouted racial epithets, officials said.
Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alanna, 30, were stopped at a red light Monday night when the group crossed Avenue U at East 58th Street, the New York Daily News reported. Mr. Russo honked his horn when the light turned green to get the youths out of the way, but they then began kicking the car, according to the criminal complaint.
Mr. Russo got out to check if the vandals had damaged his car, but he soon was dragged to the ground and severely beaten.
Court papers documented the youths, ages 12 to 18, as screaming, "Get those crackers," and "Get that white whore."
Mrs. Russo was calling 911 when a 12-year-old girl pulled her by the hair and threw her to the ground, the Daily News reported. The victim's head slammed into the concrete, and she suffered a black eye and bleeding.
Mr. Russo suffered a fractured nose, a broken septum, a blood clot and abrasions to his shoulder, the report said. His iPhone also was stolen in the attack.
Kashawn Kirton, 18, of the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush was arrested with Daehrell Finch, 17, of Brooklyn's Gravesend section, at a nearby Lowe's parking lot minutes afterward.
Mr. Kirton faces gang assault, harassment and menacing charges, all as hate crimes, but he denies any involvement in the attack, the Daily News said.
Mr. Finch was charged with gang assault, assault, menacing and harassment but does not face hate-crime charges.
The 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy also were arrested.
Police are looking for six more suspects.
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