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Man accused of hurling a brick at window of LGBT bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen is under arrest

A man accused of a series of brick attacks at an LGBT bar in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan has been arrested at his home just a block away.

Sean Kuilan, 34, was charged with three counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, each, after bricks were thrown through the window of the VERS bar over the past week. He has not yet been charged with a hate crime.

It comes after police released video of the suspect throwing a brick over the weekend at the window of the bar, where owner David DeParolesa said it was the fourth time his location has been the victim of recent hate attacks.

Kuilan was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home just a block from the bar near 9th Avenue, ABC reports.

DeParolesa said he was glad police were able to make an arrest, but he’s concerned the suspect didn’t act alone.

“I really hope it’s just this one person and we can close the book, I’m not sure it is,” he told the Post.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a series of attacks against the LGBT VERS bar in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York.

Footage showed Kuilan fleeing the scene before running back and taking another spike. In the photo: Kuilan throwing the brick at the window while people were inside

The restaurant’s owner, David DeProlesa, said the attack was the fourth this week and that he had prepared for it to happen when the bar opened in July.

The Police indicated that the crimes against the VERS occurred on November 13, 15 and 19.

During the first incident, police said Kuilan threw a brick at the front window of the LGBT bar, where they received the call around 5:35 p.m.

Two days later, police received another call about a brick being thrown at the bar’s window at 6:40 pm, damaging it. As in the previous attack, no injuries were reported.

Then came the incident on Saturday, where another brick was thrown at the shatterproof window, this time later in the night at 9:57 p.m.

On Monday, police also released video of the suspect shopping at a convenience store the day he threw the brick into the bar.

The New York police had said there was a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, but it was not immediately clear if the suspect was arrested as a result of a tip from the community. He was booked into the 7th precinct of the New York police.

Police officials said investigations are still ongoing and they will not release any further information about the suspect in custody yet.

Responding to the latest attack on his establishment, DeProlesa said he considered possible hate crimes when he first opened the bar in July and decided to install shatter-proof windows.

It seemed to be the right decision as the brick the man threw was stopped by the glass and he didn’t allow anyone to get hurt.

Surveillance footage revealed Kuilan threw a brick through the window of Manhattan’s VERS bar in Hell’s Kitchen while people were sitting inside.

Saturday’s attack was the third at the establishment in a week that left the unbreakable front window ultimately damaged.

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Since the incident, the NYPD has beefed up its presence in the area and remains on high alert for possible hate crimes following the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs and a plan to attack synagogues in the city over the weekend.

“I have directed the New York State Police to intensify monitoring and increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.

‘Here in New York we will not tolerate violence or bigotry towards any community. We stand united against hate, today and every day.’

The LGBTQ community was in shock over the weekend after a gunman entered a gay nightclub in Colorado Spring and began firing an unknown number of rounds from his AR-15-style long rifle.

Two heroic backers were able to take down the gunman after he was able to kill five and injure 35 others.

“His actions clearly saved lives,” Police Chief Adrián Vásquez said at a press conference Sunday morning, noting that another unidentified firearm was found at the scene.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested at the scene and is now in protective custody at a local hospital for unknown injuries.

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub Sunday night after the terror shooting

Anderson Lee Aldrich is shown, left, in a family photo and right, in a June 2021 livestream where he threatened to blow up a house where his mother was renting a room. He is now charged with five counts of murder.

Meanwhile, in New York City, officials have reported 551 hate crimes so far this year, an increase of 16 percent over the same period in 2021.

Statistics show that 46 hate crimes were reported last month, three more than in the same period last year.

The Jewish community was the most at odds, with 20 incidents reported last month.

Anti-Semitic hate is on the NYPD’s top list of concerns, especially after a man planned to build synagogues in the city last week.

Christopher Brown, 21, has since been arrested after tweeting anti-Semitic threats to New York synagogues.

He was arrested in Penn Station on Saturday along with his accomplice, 22-year-old Matthew Mahrer.

Overall crime in the Big Apple increased 29.1 percent from last year

Along with an increase in hate crimes, the Big Apple has seen a rise in violent crime.

According to the New York Police Department, overall crime increased 29.1 percent in New York City since last year, with felony assaults, rapes and robberies in double digits. Murders are down 14.8 percent and shootings 12.5 percent.

Felony assaults are also up nearly 14 percent, with police recording 22,319 cases so far this year, and rapes are up nearly 11 percent.

Murders and the number of shooting victims were down 14.4 and 13.6 percent, respectively.

The city’s transit system appears to be bearing the brunt of the rise in crime, with around 1,865 reports so far in 2022, a 41.7 percent increase from last year.

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