The NYPD has released the name of the 41-year-old career criminal wanted in a brutal chair attack on a gay couple in a Dallas BBQ in Chelsea.
The man caught in a sickening video of the attack is Bayna El-Amin, according to multiple reports, and he has 18 prior arrests.
"I have him identified, we are seeking him now. He's been identified for about a week. We will see if we can get him in," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told ABC 7 .
"He is a career criminal. We believe he has fled the state."
Detectives have had him on their radar for a week but are now asking for the public’s help.
According to DNAinfo : “He has arrests on record in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey for assault, shoplifting, drug possession, credit card fraud, forgery and possession of stolen property. El-Amin's two most recent arrests took place in New York state in April 2012 and October 2013, but both cases were sealed, police said.”
Animal New York reports: Bayna El-Amin’s Facebook appears to have been deleted, but Google’s cache for the page shows that he says he works in “Personal Security for Sketchie ENTertainment,” a nightclub promotion company. Both people who answered the phones at the phone numbers listed on Sketchie’s Facebook page said it was the wrong number. An email to Sketchie has not received a response.
Witnesses have said that the suspect yelled gay epithets at the victims in the May 5 incident.
Witness Isaam Sharef caught the attack and posted it on YouTube . It shows one of the victims, Jonathan Snipes, being kicked and hit with a chair.
Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS to help cops catch the suspect. Alternatively, log on to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.