Suspect In Violent Attack On Gay Couple In Chelsea Appears In Court

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September 19, 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chelsea residents breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday, following the arrest of a man in connection with a brutal attack on a gay couple last month.

As CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported, Alfonso Lanier, 23, appeared in court Wednesday morning as police continued to search for additional suspects in the case.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated harassment and felony assault as a hate crime, police said. He entered no plea and is being held on $25,000 bond or $15,000 cash, CBS 2′s Weijia Jiang reported. Prosecutors had requested Lainer be held without bail.

Lanier was silent as prosecutors painted a picture of the violent attack.