AU Student Indicted in New York

From today's Metro section:

A grand jury in New York has returned an indictment against an American University student from Vienna accused of striking four people with his Jaguar after a bar fight at an upscale golf club on Long Island. But the student's attorney insisted that his client was the victim of a racial attack that caused him to flee the club in a panic.

Sayed Khaled El-Waraky, an Egyptian national, was indicted Tuesday on four counts of first-degree assault, two counts each of second- and third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated, said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

El-Waraky, 24, started a fight at the Glen Cove Golf Club's Soundview Bar June 18 before threatening to kill a bouncer who threw him out, prosecutors said.

El-Waraky, who was at the bar drinking with some fraternity brothers, got into his 2005 Jaguar and began to leave. He then turned back and sped toward a crowd, striking four people, who suffered injuries including skull fractures, prosecutors said.

Attorney John Lewis said his client was the victim of an attack by several men inside the club who called him racial epithets.

"He was panicky and fearful; he was just trying to flee," Lewis said. "I think when the evidence comes out, you will find this is not a depraved act, which is why he was charged with first-degree assault."

He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

-- Associated Press

By  |  July 20, 2006; 10:46 AM ET  | Category:  Crime
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