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Police: Syracuse man charged with hate crime for attacking gay couple at NYS Fair

A Syracuse man was arrested at the NYS Fair after harassing and attacking a gay couple walking towards their car from the Breaking Benjamin concert on Saturday night, according to State Police.

Nicholas Ferlanda, 27, from Syracuse, allegedly approached the couple in the Orange parking lot and followed them into the Brown parking lot, yelling anti-LGBTQ slurs at them as he continued to follow them.

The couple did not say anything back to Ferlanda, according to a police report, however, he continued to harass them as they approached their car.

Ferlanda proceeded to allegedly punch one of them in the face as they got in their car and they drove off, stopping briefly to report the incident to a fair worker. When they stopped, Ferlanda caught up to them and punched the driver’s side window, causing it to shatter.

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