MANHATTAN — Police have named the man they say bashed a gay couple with a chair in an attack caught on video inside a Chelsea barbeque joint.
Police say Bayna El-Amin, who has an extensive criminal history, is the man who hit Jonathan Snipes, 32, and Ethan York-Adams, 25, over their heads with a chair at the West 23rd Street Dallas BBQ at 11 p.m. on May 5.
The attack left Snipes with a loose tooth and cartilage snapped in his ear.
Police believe El-Amin has fled the state and are looking for help tracking him down.
Bayna shouted anti-gay slurs at the men before hitting them with the chair, according to police.
El-Amin has 18 prior arrests spanning back to 1993, police said. All but two of those incidents took place out of state.
He has arrests on record in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey for assault, shop lifting, drug possession, credit card fraud, forgery and possession of stolen property.
El-Amin's two most recent arrests took place in New York state in April 2012 and October 2013, but both cases were sealed, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.