An 18-year-old man charged with a brutal gay attack on a man, beating and choking him unconscious in a North Bergen park in June, has been charged with attempted murder and other counts of ‘charge.
José Tobias Carranza Serrano, of Baltimore, Maryland, who also goes by the name “Kevin Lopez”, faces first-degree charges of attempted murder, intimidation and robbery, as well as felony charges. serious in the second degree.
After being initially arrested for trespassing, Carranza Serrano told Bayonne police he believed he murdered the man, according to a probable cause affidavit.
He also told police he lured the man, whose identity has not been released, to a dark, wooded area in North Hudson Park on the night of June 21 with the intention of killing him .
Carranza Serrano repeatedly punched and kicked the man in the face, acting attorney general Andrew Bruck said.
The man suffered broken bones and lost teeth, had his eyes gouged out and was briefly strangled before being left near a path where he was found early the next morning by a passerby, Bruck said.
His injuries caused a life-threatening condition (rhabdomyolysis), prompting staff at Hackensack Medical Center to intubate him, according to the affidavit.
Carranza Serrano also took the victim’s cell phone and eight dollars in cash before leaving him, prosecutors said.
“We will not tolerate violence targeting the LGBTQ+ community,” Bruck said in a written statement.
“There is simply no excuse for this kind of hate, and we will ensure that those who engage in violence are held fully accountable for their actions.”
On Thursday, Carranza Serrano was being held in the Hudson County jail, awaiting trial.
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