A Long Island man has been busted in an alleged hate crime spree in which he lured Hispanic victims to remote locations before attacking them, authorities said.
Christopher Cella, 19, of Selden, first targeted a 52-year-old man around 8:15 a.m. Friday near La Placita, a grocery store selling mostly Latin American fare, on Horseblock Road in Farmingville, cops said.
He brought his victim to an abandoned construction site on Blue Point Road, where he attacked him, according to police. Cops did not provide any details on that assault.
Cella allegedly left the construction site and drove about a mile to a 7-Eleven on North Ocean Avenue in Farmingville where he picked up a 60-year-old man about 45 minutes later.
He drove the victim to the Blue Ridge Condominium Complex on Granny Road in Medford, where he choked the man, police said.
The victim was able to escape his attacker, police said.
Cella returned to the 7-Eleven around 8 a.m. Saturday, where he picked up a 47-year-old man and attempted to bring him to an unknown location, cops said.
But the victim became suspicious and was able to bolt from the vehicle, police said.
The next day around 10:15 a.m., authorities busted Cella inside his home on Adirondack Drive, authorities said.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing, two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment under the hate crimes law and one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, also under the hate crimes law.
He was held overnight at Suffolk County’s Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Monday.
Anyone else who believes they may be a victim of Cella is encouraged to contact Hate Crimes Unit detectives at 631-852-6553.
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