The man who hit another man over the head with a chair at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ earlier this month in a supposedly anti-gay attack that was captured on video and went viral has been identified by the NYPD as Bayna El-Amin.
“I have him identified, we are seeking him now. He’s been identified for about a week. We will see if we can get him in,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “He is a career criminal. We believe he has fled the state.”
A cursory internet search reveals several clues into El-Amin’s criminal past. In 2005, he was arrested for violating probation and for failure to appear in court. In 2006, he was locked up for about three months on a forgery charge, according to Mugshots.com, which also lists invasion of privacy, credit card fraud, a violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and a miscellaneous misdemeanor. That site lists his height at 6’6” and his weight at 325 lbs. On Mugshot Record Search, he’s listed as 6’7” and both 340 lbs., and 250 lbs. All say he was born in 1974. Police have identified their suspect’s age as 41.
Days after the chair-beating video went viral, a blogger who goes by Waddie G., claimed that he knew the attacker’s identity and that he is, in fact, “is
allegedly gay, gay, gay and pretty popular in the ballroom scene,” which at the very least complicates the narrative as to whether or not what happened was a homophobic gay bashing. Bayna El-Amin’s Facebook profile seems to have been deleted (this 50 x 50 thumbnail is the only remnant I could find), but I did find a YouTube comment attributed to El-Amin under a competitive voguing video:
The ballroom scene is most heavily patronized by members of the LGBT community.