Queens Teenagers Charged in Attack on Muslims

November 20, 2003

Source: Queens Chronicle


On December 2, 2003 the Queens Chronicle reported, "Two teenagers were arrested and charged in alleged hate crime attacks on two Pakistani brothers outside a Corona mosque on Friday night. ���The alleged incident would make it the second hate crime in western Queens in the last three months. A Sikh family was attacked outside their home in Woodside last August. ���Alex Batista, 16, and Ivan Pracido, 18, were charged with assault in the third degree as a hate crime, and harassment in the second degree. Both face up to four years in prison if they are convicted of the charges. ���According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the alleged attack happened outside the Masjid Al Falah mosque in Corona at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday. The two victims were leaving the mosque after evening prayers when two youths walked past the brothers and glared at them. ���The two young men, who were described only as being Hispanic, reportedly walked past the brothers and then returned with Batista and Pracido. One of the defendants allegedly told the two Pakistani brothers, 'I’m going to get you, Taliban.' ���According to a published report, the defendants yelled other ethnic slurs at the victims, calling them Osama Bin Laden and terrorists. It was also reported that Batista and Pracido threatened to kill the brothers."