The NYPD has made a fifth arrest in the vicious beating and stomping death of 18-year-old Anthony Collao, who was assaulted at a Saturday birthday party hosted by two gay men. Seventeen-year-old Calvin Pietri of Queens bragged about the assault online, reports the Daily News.
A fifth suspect charged in the fatal beating of a teen in Queens bragged about the attack in anti-gay Facebook postings, law enforcement sources said. Calvin Pietri, 17, of Woodhaven, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with manslaughter in the weekend beatdown of Anthony Collao, 18. Pietri was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail after his arraignment Wednesday night. ... Pietri says on his Facebook page that he attended the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety. Postings by friends show he hangs with a crew called the DFN Pimp$et.
Updates on Pietri's Facebook have since been removed.
Collao's death will be investigated as a hate crime but some charges are still under review.
At least one of the suspects used a red marker to scrawl anti-gay epithets on a wall inside the vacant house where the party was held, witnesses said. Collao and a friend left the party, but the suspects chased him down and beat him, police said. ... Homophobic slurs were not uttered during the chase or the beating, leaving investigators to figure out if the slurs were intended only for the party hosts, who are gay. Collao was not.
Gruesome details have emerged about the beatdown, reports the Queens Courier.
The district attorney said the four then chased Collao to a location on 90th Street, between 88th and 89th Avenue. The witness told the DA that Ogando was carrying a cane and Velez was holding what appeared to be a chrome bat. A second victim told the DA that the group of now five caught up with Collao, “threw him against a car and began to punch, kick and strike him with an object that appeared to be a stick.”
About 15 minutes after the beating, cops arrested the four suspects. Lozada was taken into custody wearing the victim’s Atlanta Braves baseball cap, with his clothes covered in blood. Officers recovered a metal pipe smeared with blood near the fatal scene.
The Collao case has eerie similarities to the December 2008 fatal beating of Jose Sucuzhañay in Brooklyn. The Ecuadorean immigrant was mistakenly believed to be gay and beaten to a pulp with an aluminum baseball bat.