Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife, Alana Russo, 30, were at a light in the King's Plaza section of Brooklyn, when the light turned green. There was a group of ten tennagers, ranging in ages from 12 to 18, in the road, so Russo honked to get them to move. The teenagers then began to kick the car and Russo got out to check for damage. The teens started yelling racial slurs and pulled Russo to the ground and started pummeling him
His wife was pulled from the car and her head was slammed onto the concrete and she too was pummeled. Racial slurs such as "Get those crackers", "Get that white whore", and "White motherf-----" were used.
Ronald Russo suffered a fractured nose, a broken septum, a blood clot and abrasions to his shoulder and had his iPhone stolen during the attack. His wife suffered a black eye, bleeding, and difficulty breathing. Ronald was treated at Beth Israel Medical Center and released and his wife refused medical attention.
After the attack, the teens left the site of the attack but later four were arrested. Soon after the attack , two teens, Kashawn Kirton and Daehrell Finch were arrested and soon after a 12 year old girl and a 14 year old boy were picked up. Kirton claims he was arrested because he had the same shirt on as on of the assailants, but swears he was not one of the attackers.
“I have relatives who are white. Cousins and stuff. My school is mainly white. More than half my friends are white. I wouldn’t use words like that.”
Kirton has no prior arrests and was released on $50,000 bail. He was charged with gang assault and harassment, among other charges. The 12 and 14 year olds were charged with assault and robbery. Finch was charged with gang assault, assault, menacing and harassment. None of the arrested were charged with hate crimes.
The police are still looking for 6 more suspects.