have been arrested on charges that they harassed and
struck a priest who runs a Queens, N.Y., shelter for
transgender and gay youth on Monday night, reported
The New York Times.
Some of the
shelter's residents were also attacked, but suffered
only minor injuries.
The priest, the
Reverend Louis Braxton Jr., said he was returning to the
shelter, Carmen's Place, when he was attacked.
the shelter's director, said he shouted at the
attackers and they fled. But four youths returned soon
afterward, brandishing a paint bucket, a miter box,
steel brackets, and a belt.
According to the
Times, Father Braxton said the group used
obscenities and homophobic and antitransgender slurs.
Three of the
suspects were identified by the police as Shara Mozie, 17;
Tyreek Childs, 17; and Trevaughn Payne, 16. The name of the
fourth suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was not released
because he will likely be charged as a juvenile.
teenagers faced assault, weapons, and harassment charges.