Twenty-eight-year-old Keith Phoenix was arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Surveillance video and traffic cameras led police to man who they say wielded the lethal baseball bat in the vicious December 7 Brooklyn attack of Jose Sucuzhanay. The Ecuadoran immigrant was walking arm in arm with his brother to keep warm when two men jumped from an SUV. Witnesses say the thugs shouted anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs.
Phoenix was caught on camera smiling as he pulled into an RFK bridge toll booth just 19 minutes after the Dec. 7 beating of Jose Sucuzhanay, was nabbed after an acquaintance saw the video in the media and called police.
"The cops just called and told me they caught the second man," said the victim's younger brother, Diego Sucuzhanay. "He is the one who was the real attacker - who beat my brother with the bat. "I saw the video of him, laughing. It is a great relief to know this person is behind bars because he would continue to commit crimes. Now there will be no more victims."
On Thursday, Phoenix's accomplice Hakim Scott was arraigned on second-degree murder as a hate crime.
What type of a depraved human being laughs after beating a complete stranger to a pulp? We'll let the jury answer that question.
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