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Stonewall Inn Window Smashed by Baseball Bat-Wielding Man

Monday Jul 9, 2018

A baseball bat-wielding man smashed the plate glass window of the iconic gay bar the Stonewall Inn in the early morning hours of June 7 and damaged the bar's famed neon sign, the New York Post reported.

The man in question, a 19-year-old named William Gomez, had been ejected from the bar earlier, according to the New York Daily News. Angered by this, he returned at about 4:30 a.m. and attacked the window with a baseball bat, causing damage that reportedly cost almost $7,000 to repair. Those repairs were completed by the afternoon of June 8.

The Daily News report included a photo of Gomez, who was pictured with his pregnant girlfriend. His mother was quoted in the paper as saying that Gomes is "a quiet boy" who "doesn't get into trouble," but various news accounts say that this is not his first brush with the law. He was arrested and charged in connection with an alleged assault last year, following two earlier arrests, one for impersonation and one for robbery.

According to Gomez's mother, the young man got into an altercation with one of the bar's bouncers when the bouncer was "messing with one of his co-workers and he told him to stop." Gomez's mother also said that, according to her son, the bouncer had punched him in the face.

The Stonewall Inn has both city and national status, the article noted, thanks to the establishment having been ground zero in the famed 1969 uprising that occurred when patrons of the bar fought back against police harassment. That occasion is credited with kick-starting the modern LGBTQ equality movement.

Gomez has been charged on several counts, including criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon, reports said. He has not been charged with a hate crime.

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