Who is Sean Kuilan? Vandal who hurled bricks at NYC gay bar was 'exacting revenge' for girl pal
'I’m gay myself,' Kuilan said as he was led out of a police vehicle and escorted into court in handcuffs
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A man accused of throwing a series of bricks at an LGBT club in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen was arrested at his home Nov 22 and cops have now said that he did so in vengeance. After a week of hurling bricks through the pub's windows VERS, Sean Kuilan, 34, was charged with three separate counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon. He has not yet been tried for a hate crime.
According to James Essig, Chief of Detectives at the NYPD, who spoke to the New York Post, Kuilan allegedly threw the bricks many times as a result of a dispute a female friend had with the establishment. “Basically, what he says [is] he knows a girl who had a problem with one of the guys in the bar and he was "exacting revenge." "As of now, we don't have any reason to believe it is [a hate crime].” Police had previously published a video showing the guy throwing a brick at the bar's glass over the weekend. It was the fourth time recently that the establishment has been the target of hate crimes, owner David DeParolesa reported. Kuilan was arrested on Tuesday, November 22 at his residence which is just a block away from the bar and close to 9th Avenue.
🚨WANTED for CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: On 11/13,15,&19/22, at 714 9 Ave @NYPDMTN Manhattan. The suspect threw a rock at the window of Vers nightclub causing damage. Any info call us at 800-577-TIPS or anonymously post a tip on our website https://t.co/TRPPY5zHV2 Reward UP to $3,500 pic.twitter.com/NqEYbXaung— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 22, 2022
DeParolesa expressed satisfaction that authorities were able to apprehend the suspect but he expressed concern that he might not have been acting alone. “I really do hope it's just this one person and that we can close the book — I'm uncertain it is,” he told the New York Post. The offenses against VERS, according to the police, happened on November 13, 15 and 19. When the first incident occurred, according to the police, Kuilan threw a brick through the front glass of the LGBT pub where they got the report at around 5.35 pm. A brick was hurled at the bar's window at 6.40 pm two days later, damaging it, according to another report to the NYPD. No reported injuries occurred, much like the earlier attack.
Then came the incident on November 19, in which a third brick was thrown at the impact-resistant window, this time at 9.57 pm. Although it was unclear right away whether the culprit was apprehended as a consequence of a community tip, the NYPD had stated that there was a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the suspect's arrest. He was taken into custody in the 7th Precinct of the NYPD. DeProlesa claimed that when he established the pub in July, he took into account the possibility of hate crimes and chose to install shatterproof glass.