MANHATTAN -- An arrest has been made in the case of a gay couple attacked at a Manhattan Dallas BBQ in an assault that was caught on camera and widely circulated in an attempt to find the culprit.
Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, of the Bronx, faces two counts each of assault and attempted assault, both felony charges, police said Tuesday. Further details about how El-Amin was taken into custody were not immediately available.
He’s been wanted for questioning since May 5, when a diner at the Eighth Avenue eatery was hit over the head with a chair by a fellow patron.
One of the victims told DNAinfo he heard the attack use a derogatory term for a gay man before confronting his table.
Violence erupted that night shortly before midnight at Dallas BBQ, located at 281 Eighth Ave. Soon after, police released clear surveillance video and photos of the man they believed to be responsible for the attack. Then detectives identified their suspect by name.
At the time, detectives said El-Amin is a career criminal and warned that he may have fled New York.