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Bias Crime Here: Man Slashed On Broad Channel Train Platform

By Joan Ward George

Bias Crime Here:
Man Slashed
On Broad Channel Train Platform

Police are calling the slashing of an Arabic man on the Broad Channel "A" Train platform early Wednesday morning a bias incident.

According to authorities, the victim, whose name was not released at the time of this printing, was waiting for a Manhattan bound "A" Train at East 9th road in Broad Channel at approximately 6:05 a.m. Wedneday, October 11, 2000 when he was attacked by Jeraemis Amateo.

Amateo, a 37 year old Hispanic man from Brooklyn, allegedly approached the victim, taunting him with racial slurs, while wildly slashing at him with a knife. Police confirmed that the victim was slashed repeatedly across the face, arms and legs by Amateo.

According to a police spokesman, the motorman of the train realized that something was wrong and radioed for police from NYPD Transit District 23, while he held the train at the station. Responding to the scene were Police Officer Joseph Lamanna and Sergeant Charles Gunzelman. Amateo, who had not fled the platform, was apprehended and placed under arrest. He has been charged with assault and is currently awaiting a court date.

The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was treated, received 42 stitches, and released. The case is being followed up by the NYPD Bias Crimes Unit.

All northbound "A" train traffic was brought to a halt, sending thousands of early morning commuters to seek alternate routes.

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