DA Vance: Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin Convicted for Assaulting Two Men in a Chelsea Restaurant

May 25, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of BAYNA-LEKHEIM EL-AMIN, 42, for assaulting two men in a Chelsea restaurant in 2015. A New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of both of the charges in the indictment against him: Attempted Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. EL-AMIN is expected to be sentenced on June 14, 2016.

“There was no justification for this brutal attack,” said District Attorney Vance. “Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin struck both victims in a public restaurant with a heavy wooden chair, knocking one of them unconscious. I commend the victims for their courage and my Office’s prosecutors for ensuring this defendant is held accountable for this horrific attack.”

As proven at trial, on May 5, 2015 at approximately 11:00 p.m., two men – ages 25 and 32 – and the defendant were inside a Dallas BBQ restaurant at West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue in Chelsea. EL-AMIN began arguing with the 32-year-old man. The argument escalated and ended with the defendant picking up a wooden chair and smashing it onto the victims’ heads. The 25-year-old man was knocked unconscious and the 32-year-old man collapsed onto a nearby chair. As a result of the attack, the victims suffered substantial head, back, and neck pain, as well as cuts, bruising, and swelling. 

Assistant District Attorney Leah Saxtein handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Robert Ferrari, Chief of Trial Bureau 40 and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Trial Preparation Assistant Robert Hart assisted with the case. 

Defendant Information:

Bronx, NY

•    Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, two counts
•    Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts