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Bronx Gang Beating Update: 2 More Suspects Charged In NYC Anti-Gay Beatings, Brings Total Charged to 10

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2 More Suspects Charged In NYC Anti-Gay Beatings
Ruddy Vargas-Perez (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Two additional men were charged in the brutal Bronx gang assault that police believe was set off when gang members thought one of their recruits was gay.

Ruddy Vargas-Perez and Jose Dominguez did not enter pleas during their appearance Tuesday night in the Bronx Criminal Court.

Police say the gang members used an anti-gay slur to ask two teen boys and a 30-year-old man about their sexuality, before brutally torturing and beating them last week in a working-class Bronx neighborhood.

Vargas-Perez faces charges including robbery, gang assault and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes, according to prosecutors. He's being held on $25,000 bond or cash bail. His attorney says his client is innocent of the charges.

Dominguez faces charges of gang assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes. He was held without bail. His attorney's name was not immediately available.

Dominguez, the 10th suspect in the case, surrendered early Tuesday. Vargas-Perez was arrested Monday.

The beatings in the Bronx, plus the recent string of anti-gay attacks and teen suicides elsewhere attributed to homophobic bullying, have drawn rebukes from government leaders and gay advocates.

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