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Attack said to be racially charged

August 17, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Latino man told investigators he was beaten and robbed in a racially charged attack in a community where another Latino was killed in an alleged hate crime last fall, police said.

The latest incident happened late Friday in Patchogue, where the earlier attack prompted a federal investigation into allegations of hate crimes on eastern Long Island.

The victim told investigators that three young white men attacked him, robbed him and made disparaging remarks about his ancestry.

Nine months ago, Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero, 37, was stabbed to death while walking near the Patchogue train station. Seven teenagers have pleaded not guilty in that case.

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