NYC gay bar attack suspect arrested

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New York Police Department has arrested a man suspected of throwing bricks at the windows of a Manhattan gay bar during opening hours.

Police charged Sean Kuilan, 34, with three counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said FOX 5 New York.

Video of Kuilan walking through a market was released Tuesday as police were still searching for him.

NYPD Crimestoppers said in a tweet he had thrown “a stone” – later clarified by police as a brick – at the window of VERS nightclub on November 13, 15 and 19, causing damage.

VIDEO SHOWS SUSPECT IN NYC GAY BAR ATTACK

Photos show NYC gay gang assault suspect when in police custody, left, and while in the alleged act.

Photos show NYC gay gang assault suspect when in police custody, left, and while in the alleged act.
(FOX 5 NY / NYPD)

In surveillance video shared by New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher earlier this week, the man now believed to be Kuilan is seen walking up to the establishment, looking inside and then throwing something at the window. The camera shows several women inside reacting to the attack.

INCIDENTS REPORTED AT NYC GAY BARS

An NYPD cruiser in front of VERS gay bar in New York City.

An NYPD cruiser in front of VERS gay bar in New York City.
(FOX 5 New York)

VERS owner David DeParolesa told FOX 5 he believed his establishment was targeted, but did not explain why.

“The third break happened two hours after I replaced the window,” DeParolesa said. “Which leads me to believe that the person saw the window being replaced and came to smash it again.”

The perpetrator is seen on surveillance camera footage

The perpetrator is seen on surveillance camera footage
(NYPD)

NYPD has not classified the incidents as bias crimes, but DeParolesa said the FBI has contacted him for information about the incidents. No one was injured in either attack.

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FOX News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.

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