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Man arrested for throwing bricks at NYC gay bar says it was ‘revenge’ for female friend

The community had been on edge because of the mass shooting at another gay club in Colorado.

November 22, 2022 5:46pm

Updated: November 23, 2022 5:23pm

The suspect caught on video throwing a brick at a New York City gay bar this weekend told police that he was just “exacting revenge” for a female friend who had a beef with someone at the club.

Sean Kuilan, 34, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with reckless and criminal mischief for a series of brick-hurling attacks on the VERS bar in Hells Kitchen, said NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.

“Basically, what he says [is] he knows a girl who had a problem with one of the guys in the bar and he was ‘exacting revenge,'” Essig said, reports the New York Post.

“As of right now we don’t have any reason to believe it is [a hate crime].”

Kiulan is being charged with three recent attacks at the bar, the first of which occurred on Nov. 13. Authorities say there was a fourth attack but that there is no surveillance footage of it to use against Kiulan.

The window hit with bricks is shatterproof, which owner David DeParolesa said was installed as a precaution against hate attacks before he opened the bar.

The most recent attack occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday while patrons were inside.

On Monday, police released photos and videos of the attacker at a nearby convenience store to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline. Detective Essig credited tips from the hotline for helping track down and arrest Kuilan.

DeParolesa said he is happy the case is moving forward and said the police presence in the area is now a “night and day difference” compared to just last week.

“I really do hope it’s just this one person and that we can close the book – I’m uncertain it is,” he told The Post on Tuesday.

The same evening VERS was attacked, a lone gunman opened fire at a gay club in Colorado Springs, killing five and wounding at least 20 others.

The Colorado suspect was stopped by a U.S. Army veteran and a bystander and is in custody.