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Bellmore teen faces hate crime charge in attack

Nassau police say they've arrested a Bellmore teen on hate crime charges who was part of a knife-wielding duo yelling anti-gay slurs that chased down a man on the street.

Frank T. Carney, 16, of 2747 Court St., is charged with felony menacing and misdemeanor aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.

The attack happened Friday at about 7:25 p.m. in Merrick, after the 6-foot-2, 255-pound teen and another assailant still at large were driving in a dark-colored Nissan and spotted the 22-year-old male victim walking on Alice Avenue.

The duo began shouting the slurs, then got out of the car and tried to chase the victim, police said.

The victim escaped uninjured when he ran to a nearby home and rang the doorbell and the assailants fled.

Carney was ordered held on $1,000 bond or $500 cash bail, court records show. It was not immediately clear Saturday night whether the bail had been posted or whether he has an attorney.

In a separate crime, records show, Carney is due to be sentenced Dec. 1 on a petty larceny guilty plea.

Carney's arrest comes days after a Lakeview man, Robert Bellamy Jr., was arrested in connection with a separate beating on a man and his friend, who was dressed in drag, possibly for a costume party.

Two other assailants in that case are still at large. Bellamy allegedly told cops that "God made me hate gay people."

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