Three more Brooklyn residents arrested in connection with a hate crime

GERRITSEN BEACH - Three more Brooklyn residents were arrested Wednesday in connection with a hate crime in Gerritsen Beach.

Police say Ronald Barone, 18, Richard DaSilva, 21 and Michael Jirovec, 21, were part of a group that attacked two black teenagers who were riding bicycles in June. According to police, the assailants got out of a vehicle and attacked the teens while yelling racial slurs. The victims were able to escape with minor bruises and cuts.

The total number of people arrested in the attack is now eight. Barone, DaSilva and Jirovec have been charged with assault as a hate crime and unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime.

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