Frankie Grande assaulted and robbed in NYC amid reports of gang preying on gay men
Frankie Grande was walking down a street when he was punched in the back of the head by two teens who then stole his bag and fled
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Ariana Grande's brother Frankie Grande was attacked and robbed by two teenagers in New York City last week. According to NYPD sources, Frankie was walking down a street in New York City when he was punched in the back of the head; the adolescents then stole his bag and fled.
Police claim that two teens, a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old, tried to use one of Frankie's credit cards at a neighboring smoke shop a few hours after the incident. When police learned of this, they sped toward the store and quickly apprehended the two. They were detained on charges of grand larceny, robbery, assault, and other offenses.
MEAWW reported earlier that a menacing gang has been preying on New York's LGBT community at nightlife hotspots before drugging and robbing them, frequently using their own telephones to drain their bank accounts. Five weeks apart, two gay men were killed in hauntingly similar circumstances, although it is suspected that more than a dozen gay males have already been the subject of similar attacks. Both Julio Ramirez, 25, who vanished in April, and John Umberger, 33, a political strategist in Washington DC, were out having fun on the city's gay scene the night before they vanished.
For the Grandes, this year has been difficult. Ariana, Frankie's sister, reportedly escaped a perilous situation earlier this year, according to TMZ, after a man who had already been detained for stalking her broke into her Los Angeles house on her birthday back in June.
However not all has been dire for the family. In a private ceremony in Florida on May 4, 2022, Frankie and Hale Leon (now Grande) exchanged vows. That, however, was not their original wedding plan. Early in the summer, the couple had big celebrations planned at Disney World. The couple chose to cancel their wedding at the venue, nevertheless, after Disney opted not to oppose the "Don't Say Gay" measure.
"Our Disney wedding would be a major success for them as a well-known LGBTQIA+ couple. As a high-profile LGBTQIA+ couple, us getting married at Disney would be a huge win for them," Frankie told Brides in June. "I don't want our wedding to be weaponized in any way, shape, or form."
So the couple hurriedly changed their plans and invited only a portion of their original guest list to a tiny Star Wars-themed celebration. However, the couple was aware that they would want to hold another party later with all of their friends and family.