After at least the sixth bias attack in Staten Island since April, the Mexican Consulate has begun distributing its phone number to immigrants in the area, hoping they will call if they are concerned about speaking to American authorities. The Consul General of Mexico in New York, Rubén Beltrán, said in a statement that they are also "posting personnel that will remain in the borough until further notice." And starting tonight, the Guardian Angels will be patrolling the area.
The victim of the latest attack spoke out on NY1, saying he was jumped by five black men on Friday night after playing a game of soccer in Faber Park. He fainted soon after they began beating him up, but heard them yelling anti-Mexican slurs. He says, "We came here to work and they are always waiting for the moment when we are a little bit drunk or when we get off to work to assault us." The men ran off with his backpack, and left him with a broken jaw after they swung a scooter at his head.
The 40-year-old victim is recovering at his home in Marine Harbor, where his brother says he can only eat liquids. But while police search for the men responsible for the latest attack, two have been arrested for violent muggings of two Mexican immigrants in April. Anthony Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in exchange for six years behind bars. Waheeda Sadick, 20, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery for five years probation. But neither were charged with committing a hate crime. DA spokesman William J. Smith said, “The DA has said before in public, these cases are very difficult to prosecute because in addition to proving motive, you have to prove what’s in someone’s heart.”