GAY BASHING (INTERNET SET-UP)
Four men were arrested and at least one is charged in connection with the brutal beating of Michael Sandy (pictured above) who was lured to a remote parking lot after an encounter in an internet chat room. 19-year old John Fox of Brooklyn faces assault, robbery and hate crime charges and this is "NOT" the first time Fox lured a gay man from an online chat room to a remote location, only to leave him severely beaten. Police say Fox and his accomplices say they are straight and targeted Sandy in the chat room because "he was an easy mark." Three of the attackers were white, which led to initial suspicions that the attack may have been racially motivated. Sadly, Michael Sandy is brain-dead at Brookdale Hospital and his family is agonizing over taking him off the respirator.
UPDATE: Michael Sandy was taken off the respirator. The charges against his attackers have been upgraded to murder.