A trio of hate-filled Hispanic gang members were cuffed for throwing a flurry of punches and racial slurs at a black man as they tried to steal his scooter in Brooklyn, officials said Saturday.
Christopher Nerry, 32; Jose Perez, 23; and Miquel Perez, 28, are all facing hate crime charges for the robbery and assault that took place Wednesday night on Flatbush Ave. near Glenwood Road in Flatbush.
The 21-year-old victim — who asked not to be identified because he feared retaliation — said he didn’t know what hit him when the suspects jumped him as he rolled down the street on his kick-powered scooter at 11 p.m.
“I was shocked,” he told The News. “I go down that block every night, every day and there’s usually no one there.” he said. “I was riding my scooter home and these guys started to hit me.”
On Saturday, he still had scrapes on his hands and complained about persistent headaches.
“I think they were drunk,” he said. “They just kept rushing after me.”
Witnesses repeatedly heard the suspects call the victim a “n-----” as they punched and kicked him to the ground.
The victim tried to protect himself by swinging the scooter against the attackers — but they kept on coming.
“(They) just started hitting me,” the victim said. “I was scared. I was just trying to keep them away from me.”
The trio ran off with the scooter, but a brave woman who witnessed the assault followed the attackers to their nearby apartment building on Flatbush Ave. She got the scooter back.
Responding officers returned to the building a short time later and arrested the suspects without incident.
Cops told the victim that the three men were members of MS-13, a notorious international gang that originated in Los Angeles.
“I was crying down at the precinct,” the victim said. “I don’t want to have to worry about seeing these guys ever again.”
The suspects were released on their own recognizance at their arraignment on Friday, officials said.