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Brooklyn Hate Crime Suspects Arrested

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Feb 27, 2009

NEW YORK - On Friday morning, New York police arrested the second suspect in the Dec. 7 murder of Ecuardorian immigrant Jos Sucuzhaay. Phoenix Keith, 28, was detained in Yonkers, north of New York. "We found him hiding in the bedroom of an apartment where an elderly person lives. He didn't resist and he confessed everything," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly in a press conference. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spoke at the press conference, said the arrest sends a message that hate crimes are not tolerated in the city.

Hakim Scott, 25, one of the alleged attackers in the murder of Ecuardorian immigrant Jos Sucuzhaay, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder as a hate crime. The crime is punishable by a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Police say Scott and Phoenix saw Sucuzhaay and his brother embracing in the cold. They say Scott got out of his car, struck Sucuzhaay with a beer bottle and chased his brother away. Phoenix then allegedly "savagely beat Joseph on his shoulders, ribs and back until he fell," according to Police Commissioner Kelly. Police claim that the attackers uttered anti-gay and anti-Latino slurs.

The case shocked the community, occurring just one month after another Ecuadorian, Marcelo Lucero, was stabbed to death by a group of young people in Long Island.

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