Upon being kicked out of the historic Stonewall Inn, a straight 19 year-old bashed in the bar’s window with a baseball bat.
The attack, which occurred at 4:00 AM Saturday morning, caused roughly $6,800 in damages — breaking both the bar’s window and neon sign. The damaged property was repaired prior to re-opening again at 2:00 PM Saturday.
The assailant, William Gomez, 19, is not however, being charged with a hate crime, as the attack seems unrelated to the bar’s historic LGBTQ significance. Nevertheless, he has been charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
Gomez’s mother told Daily News her son isn’t gay; he and his girlfriend are expecting a child together soon. According to his mother, who refused to provide her name, Gomez was at the bar with his co-workers early Saturday morning.
“He said that a bodyguard was messing with one of his co-workers and he told him to stop,” she said. “He then thought the conversation was over but at one point he was punched in the face.”
“He’s a quiet boy,” his mother said. “He doesn’t get into trouble.”
Yet, police sources claim he has been arrested multiple times before the incident. He was charged with assault in Brooklyn last year, was accused of criminal impersonation in 2015, and was arrested on a robbery charge in 2014, the sources said.