NEW YORK -- Police have arrested a suspect in the beating of a journalist on a New York City street.
Leighton Jennings was arrested at a residence in Queens late Tuesday. He was awaiting arraignment Wednesday in Manhattan. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.
The hate crimes task force has determined that the attack was not a bias incident. The victim is gay. His wallet, phone and gold necklace were not taken.
Randy Gener was walking home early Jan. 18 when he was viciously punched in the face on West 54th Street.
He has undergone brain surgery and relatives say he remembers little about the attack.
Gener has done freelance work for The New York Times and the Miami Herald.
From the family of Randy Gener
Stephen Nisbet (husband) & Jessica Blair-Driessler (sister)
The family of Randy Gener would like to thank all of the people who have helped move along the investigation. We are thankful to the New York Police Department, particularly the Hate Crimes Task Force, for conducting a thorough and swift investigation. We are eternally grateful to the community (particularly the Filipino American and arts communities) for raising awareness about this incident, for showing solidarity and generosity through organizing vigils and events, and for creating a fund to support ongoing medical expenses. Finally, we are thankful for all who have benevolently offered their services, particularly the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
We are pleased and relieved that a suspect has finally been apprehended and trust that the NYPD and District Attorney will make all efforts to bring justice for Randy. At this time, we are focusing on Randy’s healing and moving forward together as a family.