Bronx man convicted of assaulting gay couple at Chelsea BBQ restaurant

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NEW YORK — A New York City jury convicted a Bronx man on Wednesday of assaulting a gay couple inside of a Chelsea restaurant in 2015.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced that a jury found Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin guilty on both charges in the indictment against him including attempted assault and assault.

"There was no justification for this brutal attack," said District Attorney Vance. "Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin struck both victims in a public restaurant with a heavy wooden chair, knocking one of them unconscious. I commend the victims for their courage and my Office’s prosecutors for ensuring this defendant is held accountable for this horrific attack."

The assault happened May 5, 2015 at Dallas BBQ on Eighth Avenue.  Two men, ages 25 and 32, were having dinner when El-Amin began arguing with the 32-year-old. The fight escalated with El-Amin picking up a chair and smashing it onto the victims' heads.

The 32-year-old told DNAinfo in 2015 that his tooth was knocked loose and he tore cartilage in his ear during the assault.

El-Amin was arrested in June after police circulated surveillance video from the incident.

He will be sentenced on June 14.

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