El-Deen Dia Hassan, 20, denied allegations of taking a baseball bat and calling the 18-year-old Noel Torres a "tranny."(Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, June 2, 2017, 10:34 PM
A bias bodega "bashing" in the East Village in April was actually bogus, authorities now confirm.
Store clerk Dia El-Deen Hassan, 20, was charged with taking a baseball bat to customer Noel Torres, after allegedly remarking that he wouldn't serve a "tranny."
Hassan and his attorney denied the allegations and said Torres was trying to steal beer from the Kamaran Deli and Grocery on Avenue A near E. Fifth St. when they clashed on April 18.
Torres, 18, was arrested and slapped with filing a false report charge on May 23 and Hassan's assault and weapons charges are expected to be dismissed next week in Manhattan Criminal Court, his lawyer Stuart Meltzer told the Daily News.
Hassan goes before a judge on Wednesday.
The clash occurred inside the Kamaran Deli and Grocery on Avenue A near E. Fifth St.(Google)
Meltzer blasted Torres for selfishly exploiting the law.
“Laws designed to protect the disadvantaged, those that are different, that stand out in society and that are clearly targets … are very important laws and they're designed to protect the fabric of our society,” Meltzer said.
It was not immediately clear what convinced police and prosecutors that Torres was lying but Meltzer said surveillance video from the store confirms his client's version of events.Send a Letter to the Editor
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