A Syracuse man was arrested Saturday night (August 24) and charged with a hate crime, after harassing and attacking a gay couple as they were leaving a Breaking Benjamin concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater on the NYS Fairgrounds.
State Police say 27-year-old Nicholas Ferlanda followed the two males through several parking lots to their vehicle, screaming anti-LGBTQ slurs at them the whole time.
He eventually ran to catch up with and punched one of the men in the face as they were getting in the vehicle to escape.
The couple then pulled away and tried to leave the parking lot, but again Ferlenda caught up to them and smashed the driver’s side window with his fist. The men continued driving and called police.
Troopers assigned to the State Fair observed Ferlenda nearby just before 11 p.m., covered in blood and continuing to scream obscenities. He was treated at the scene for lacerations to his right arm and hand.
He’s now charged with a bias-related crime and is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center awaiting centralized arraignment.