By Chris Sommerfeldt, Rocco Parascandola, Tina Moore
Cops are hunting for a “career criminal” who bashed a gay couple over the head with a chair at a Chelsea barbecue joint, officials said Tuesday.
Police said Bayna El-Amin, 41, was wanted in connection with the May 5 beating at the Dallas BBQ at 261 8th Ave.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said El-Amin is believed to be on the run.
“He is a career criminal," Boyce said. "We believe he has fled the state.”
Video from the eatery shows a man smash a wooden chair over a gay couple, knocking them both to the ground.
Police say Bayna El-Amin is the man responsible for bashing a gay man over the head with a chair at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea earlier this month.
The victims in the attack were Jonathan Snipes, 32, and Ethan York-Adams, 25, police sources said.
The beating came after the attacker lobbed several anti-gay slurs at the men.
Patricia Snipes, of Birmingham, Ala., said her son was experiencing severe pain in his back.
"At least he was not killed," she said, noting she talked to her son’s friend Tuesday. "It could have been very, very bad."
She said she watched the video from the restaurant nearly 1,000 miles away with great difficulty.
"It was hard to look at,” she said. “I looked through it all. In my heart I'm having a very difficult time. There's nothing I can do right now. All I can do is pray."
"I'm proud to be his mother and I'm worried to death about him,” she said.
The brawl was briefly broken up before the heavy-set bald man rushed in with a chair and slammed the men on the head about 11:00 p.m.