A fourth suspect has been arrested in the bias attack on a black man outside a Long Island bar, where assailants wielded beer bottles while hurling racial epithets, police said Saturday.
Steven Manganello was arrested Friday night on assault and riot charges for his alleged involvement in the beating of Gregory Jean-Pierre and two friends.
Jean-Pierre, 24, of Plainfield, N.J., and two white friends were attacked on Sept. 1 after they entered the Roadhouse Pub on Route 25 in Centereach, where a group of about 30 began taunting them, according to Suffolk County police.
The bar's owner threw everyone out, and the assault began in the lot. Jean-Pierre and his friends then went across the street to a shop where one of them, Peter Wolfinger, 27, works.
He used his key to go in. Meanwhile crowd members wielding beer bottles set upon Jean-Pierre and Brian Moran, 26, of Coram.
Wolfinger came out of the store with a shotgun, which he fired in the air, Reecks said. The three then fled into the store and called 911, but at least two men and a woman broke down the door and continued the attack, police said.