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Gay New York Man Stabbed In Abdomen During Closet Case Gay-Panic Attack

A man broke into his neighbor’s house in Pine Hill, New York and slashed him in the abdomen with a knife in what can only be called a “homophobic panic attack.”

Richard Treitner n openly gay artist says he had sex with the suspect, Kenneth  Fazzina, twice two years ago and that Fazzina later threatened him  with violence if he told anyone about their sexual encounter.

The attack which happened on Thursday could have been much worse, says Treitner, who sent an  email describing the incident to the Watershed Post:

At first I was afraid, but then because he was drunk and making sexual  overtures, I thought he was trying to make up. He said he hadn’t set the fire.  Soon after he was finally being led out the door when he asked me for a kiss  goodbye. I stupidly leaned close when I felt a pain in my chest and he muttered  something vehement under his drunken breath. I looked down to see the knife  blade skittering to the floor and him clutching the handle tight in his  hands.

Miraculously the blade had snapped clean off leaving only a scratch across my  chest. He didn’t realize the knife was broken and went to stab and attack me  further. I punched him in the face and because he was drunk I managed to knock  him to the ground in the scuffle. He kept trying to get up and attack further so  I reached out my hand and grabbed whatever I could touch to defend myself with.  After hitting him once I realized I had grabbed the door stop which was a round  carved stone.

I stopped after realizing what it was but held it in threat as I held him  down and screamed for help. Luckily some passersby heard and called for help  which came some time later with him threatening to kill me when he gets out the  next chance he gets..

In the arson case, which was unsolved, Fazzina was the main suspect—but police couldn’t find enough evidence to link him to the crime.

Fazzina is now in jail on $25,000 bail and facing charges of third-degree  assault, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of a  weapon.

No hate crime charges have been made.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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