Bronx man busted in West Village McDonald’s gay-bash attack

NY Daily News | by Rocco Parascandola | 09/25/12

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Jalisa Griffen, 22, of Bushwick, was defended by her boyfriend Jamar in a hate-crime attack in McDonald’s in the West Village on Wednesday.

 A Bronx man has been busted in the gay-bashing attack at a West Village McDonald’s last week, police said Tuesday.

Keith Patron, 44, of Morrisania, was charged Monday with assault as hate crime, police said.

The attack occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday at the W. Third St. McDonald’s that has been the site of three other assaults, including one other gay bashing, over the last 18 months.

Police said the latest violence erupted when the slasher began an expletive-laced taunt of the victim’s partner, Jalisa Griffen, 22, who was waiting to use the women’s bathroom.

“The guy started calling us f——, saying he can’t stand gay people,’’ Griffen said. “The insults were directed directly at me. My boyfriend said, ‘This is my girl.’”

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 A Bronx man has been arrested in the gay-bashing attack at a West Village McDonald’s last week, police said Tuesday.

The victim got angry, telling the suspect, “You see, that’s how people get into trouble,’’ a police source said.

The couple then left the restaurant, police said, but were followed by the hefty, backpack-wearing man clad in a plaid shirt later identified as Patron.

“What are you going to do?” he asked them outside the restaurant, the police source said.

Griffen took a swing at the suspect. He missed, but the 22-year-old stepped in, police said.

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This West Village McDonald’s has been the site of three other assaults, including one other gay bashing, over the last 18 months.

He kneed the suspect in the groin and hit him in the face, police said. The burly man fell to the ground, climbed back on his feet and then pulled out a razor, using it to cut the victim’s face, neck, back and elbow, police said.

The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital Center

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