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Dallas BBQ Chair Bash Suspect Held On Bail After Surrendering
June 16, 2015 8:48 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The man wanted by police in connection with an assault in a Chelsea Dallas BBQ restaurant was ordered held on bail Tuesday night after turning himself in.

Bayna El-Amin surrendered with his attorney. He was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday evening and ordered held on $75,000 bond, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported.

The NYPD says El-Amin faces assault and attempted assault charges.

Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal court for his assault on 2 gay men on May 5 at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea. His lawyer, Raol Zaltzberg is pictured on the left. (Pool)

Andre Paul, a friend of El-Amin’s said fear was the reason El-Amin took so long to surrender.

“the bottom line is, you know the brother — he was scared,” Paul said. “He was scared about what the media was going to demonize him as, and how things were taking place as it was snowballing; getting bigger and bigger.”

In court Tuesday, El-Amin’s attorney, Raol Zaltzberg, said his client is also very active in the LGBT community and is an advocate for gay rights,. He serves as an HIV counselor and a high school mentor, the attorney said.

El-Amin plans to press charges against Snipes and the man he was with, the attorney said. An order of protection has been issued, and El-Amin has been ordered to stay away from the two men.

El-Amin has 15 prior arrests in multiple states, including New York and New Jersey, Gainer reported. Police said those arrests were mostly for drug possession and assault.
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