D.A. Vance Announces Trial Conviction of Two “Proud Boys” For Upper East Side Gang Assault


August 19, 2019

Nine Members of Far-Right Extremist Group Convicted in Connection With October 2018 Incident

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial convictions of MAXWELL HARE, 27, and JOHN KINSMAN, 39 — two members of the “Proud Boys,” a far-right extremist organization designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center — for brutally assaulting members of “Antifa” in October 2018. A New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendants guilty of Attempted Gang Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First, Second and Third Degrees, and Riot in the Second Degree. HARE and KINSMAN are due back for sentencing on October 11, 2019.

“As violent extremism rises in America, a Manhattan jury has declared in one voice that New Yorkers will not tolerate mob violence in our own backyard,” said District Attorney Vance. “These defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle-royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence. I commend my office’s prosecutors and investigators for their diligence in tracking these defendants down, and I thank the NYPD for their partnership in holding them accountable.”

As proven at trial, at approximately 8:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018, several members of the Proud Boys were leaving an event at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street near Lexington Avenue while members of Antifa, protested outside of the venue. As they exited the event, Proud Boys including HARE and KINSMAN taunted members of Antifa and issued verbal and non-verbal threats. NYPD officers stationed at the venue intervened and directed the protesters southbound on Lexington Avenue while the Proud Boys headed southbound on Park Avenue.

Antifa protestors intercepted HARE, KINSMAN, and at least eight other Proud Boys at East 82nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, where the defendants charged at them, initiating a physical dispute. HARE, KINSMAN, and others then assaulted four Antifa members, striking them with their hands, fists, feet, elbows, and boots until NYPD officers arrived at the scene. Members of both groups fled, and HARE and KINSMAN were arrested days later by officers of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct.

Assistant D.A. Joshua Steinglass, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 40, handled the prosecution with Assistant D.A.s Jamie Kleidman and Amber Strickland under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Robert Ferrari, Chief of Trial Bureau 40, and Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant D.A. Paul Mezan, Senior Rackets Investigator Miguel Pena, Rackets Investigator Daniel Schoenfeld, Deputy Director of Intelligence Kevin Branzetti, and Paralegals Jenny Robinson and Jaclyn Proctor provided valuable assistance on the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD for its assistance on the investigation, particularly Detectives Thomas Mays, Anthony Kowalcyzk, and Keith Larrick of the 19th Precinct Detective Squad.

 

Defendant Information:

MAXWELL HARE, D.O.B. 3/13/1992

Harrisburg, PA

Convicted:

  • Attempted Gang Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, two counts

 

JOHN KINSMAN, D.O.B. 8/23/1979

Morristown, NJ

Convicted:

  • Attempted Gang Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count

 

GEOFFREY YOUNG, D.O.B. 7/3/1980

New City, NY

Convicted:

  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • Ten months in jail (to be served on weekends)

 

IRVIN ANTILLON, D.O.B. 12/9/1976

Queens, NY

Convicted:

  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • Conditional discharge
  • Five days of community service

 

DOUGLAS LENNAN, D.O.B. 2/14/1978

Northport, NY

Convicted:

  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • Conditional discharge
  • Five days of community service

 

DAVID JACOB, D.O.B. 6/26/1989

Bronx, NY

Convicted:

  • Disorderly Conduct, a violation, one count

Sentenced:

  • Conditional discharge
  • Five days of community service

 

JAKE FREIJO, D.O.B. 8/10/1992

Warwick, NY

Convicted:

  • Disorderly Conduct, a violation, one count

Sentenced:

  • Conditional discharge
  • Five days of community service

 

ERYK KACZYNSKI, D.O.B. 6/19/1997

Queens, NY

Convicted:

  • Disorderly Conduct, a violation, one count

Sentenced:

  • Conditional discharge
  • Five days of community service

 

KYLE BORELLO, D.O.B. 4/28/1987

New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count

 

DAVID KURIAKOSE, D.O.B. 12/13/1982

Old Westbury, NY

Charged:

  • Riot in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, four counts