Group used racial slurs during 'unprovoked' assault of victim, Fulton Police say

Five people from Fulton have been charged with hate crimes after an assault in Fulton./ Fulton Police

Five people from Fulton have been charged with hate crimes after an assault in Fulton.

Fulton Police say the following people have each been charged with second-degree Assault as a Hate Crime, second-degree Menacing as a Hate Crime and fourth-degree Conspiracy:

  • Angelo L. Colon Jr, age 21
  • Jordan L. Alvarado, age 20
  • Stephen M. Hagan, age 24
  • Joshua M. Carpenter, age 23
  • Dominic D. Diaz, age 16

Fulton Police say the group is accused of getting into a physical fight with a victim on May 27. Police say it happened just after the Memorial Day fireworks in the victim's front yard. "He politely asked them to leave his yard - at that time these five suspects approached him, assaulted him," said Sgt. Stephen Lunn of the Fulton Police Department. "During the course of the assault they were using racial slurs towards the victim which elevated it to a hate crime."

The victim was repeatedly kicked, punched and struck with a board, according to authorities. Court documents indicate the suspects called the victim the n-word multiple times.

The victim is recovering from the assault, but he and his family are still on edge. The victim's wife tells CNYCentral the family has had trouble sleeping because of the trauma they experienced that night. The family has a friend's dog staying with them for extra protection, and she says she doesn't feel safe letting her kids play unsupervised anymore. The family has even considered moving because of the assault, she says.

"Pretty rare that you see an unproved attack like we see here," said Sgt. Lunn. "To see a hate crime in the city of Fulton is absolutely rare. We haven't had one in quite awhile."

Alvarado, Hagan, Carpenter and Diaz were arraigned in Fulton City Court and sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility on $15,000 cash, $20,000 bond, according to police. As of Thursday afternoon Colon was still awaiting arraignment, police said.

Fulton Police say their investigation is ongoing and they ask anyone with information to contact them at 315-598-4504.

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