2006-11-03 / Community

Men Charged In Attempted Gay Slay

By Brian Magoolaghan

Devin Arce
Devin Arce Two Far Rockaway men were arrested and charged with attempted murder as a hate crime this week after they brutally beat and slashed a gay man in Far Rockaway last Saturday, authorities said.

Devin Arce, 27, and Rayshawn Johnson, 25, were arrested November 1, four days after they beat Victor Lide, 27, a gay man, with a baseball bat, smashed a beer bottle over his head and sliced his neck with a razor inside a fifth-floor apartment at 14-78 Beach Channel Drive.

Arce, who law enforcement sources said is a gang member, smashed Lide in his right shoulder with a bat, and Johnson slashed his neck at least three times, according to law enforcement sources.

Both men allegedly called Lide, who told police he is gay, a "faggot" and other derogatory names during the brutal attack.

Lide told police he managed to flee the apartment with Arce and Lide in pursuit. The alleged attackers caught up with him in front of 13-02 Redfern Avenue, where they continued their assault, police said. The Arce and Johnson fled by the time police and EMS arrived to find Lide bleeding profusely. Lide was taken by EMS to St. John's Episcopal where doctors determined that several veins in his neck were cut and used numerous staples and sutures to close his wounds. He suffered massive blood-loss and was listed in serious but stable condition.

Rayshawn Johnson
Rayshawn Johnson Lide, of 18-15 Everdell Avenue, was able to identify his alleged attackers and detectives in the 101 Precinct Detective Squad immediately began searching for Arce and Johnson.

Arce, of 14-78 Beach Channel Drive and Johnson, of 16-12 Mott Avenue, were awaiting arraignment Thursday on the charges of second degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first degree assault as a hate crime and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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