Attack took place on Deer Park Avenue in Babylon, cops said
(Long Island, NY) Four Oceanside teenagers were arrested Sunday morning after allegedly assaulting two men in Babylon in a supposed anti-homosexual hate crime, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Gregory Gilbert, 20; Shane Buckley, 18; Nicholas Battaglia, 18; and Justin Buckley, 17, were allegedly walking down Deer Park Avenue in Babylon when they encountered two men at approximately 3:30 a.m., police said.
From left: Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley, Gregory Gilbert and Nicholas Battaglia. PHOTO: SCPD
The suspects reportedly requested directions to the Long Island Rail Road station and then attacked the two victims, allegedly pummeling them with kicks and punches while using derogatory slurs against the two regarding their supposed sexual orientation, according to authorities.
Police were called by a witness of the attack, and responding officers placed the four teens under arrest, cops said.
The victims were rushed to West Islip’s Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center; one was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released, while the other remained and is listed as being in serious condition.
All four suspects will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on charges of assault as a hate crime. In addition, Gilbert, Battaglia, and Shane Buckley will also be arraigned on charges of gang assault.
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