A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to the August stabbing of a gay man in Jackson Heights.
Two gay men were walking on Roosevelt Avenue between 80th and 81st streets early in the morning of Aug. 21, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Cristian Flores, 28, and several other unapprehended individuals began following them down the block while shouting anti-gay slurs. The group then began shoving the two men.
The scene escalated and Flores pulled out a knife. He stabbed one of the men in the bicep, causing a deep laceration, according to Brown.
When the police approached, Flores fled. The victim gave chase, tackled Flores and held him down for the police.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he received seven stitches.
Flores was held in jail since August on a $25,000 bail, according to Brown.
The defendant must return to court on May 16. Queens Supreme Court Justice Steven Paynter indicated he would sentence Flores to three and a half years in prison with two and a half years of post-release supervision.