A 34-year-old Brooklyn man was charged Tuesday with a hate crime for yelling racial slurs before using a fork to stab a black man who was seated at a table with two white women, as reported by Oren Yaniv for the Daily News.
Nicholas Melo allegedly attacked Akbar Salahuddin, age 49, as well as his two female acquaintances, in the Bridgeview Diner [9011 3rd Avenue] last November.
From Daily News:
He used the n-word against Salahuddin and called the women “n—– loving b—–s,” before going to the bathroom, the criminal complaint said. When he returned, Melo allegedly punched the man and stabbed him in the head and back.
Melo was charged with assault as a hate crime, along with several other counts. He was reportedly released on $50,000 bail.
His lawyer Mario Romano said the fight was “provoked by one of the women who tossed a bottle at him.”
News reports made no mention of whether Melo resides in Bay Ridge. Click here for a map of the incident