From Joel Markowitz: 1/29/14: An update: A suspect was arrested today in the beating of Randy Gener.
There was sad and shocking news this week when it became known that Journalist Randy Gener was assaulted brutally in New York City. When I was a writer at DC Theatre Scene Editor Lorraine Treanor invited Randy to speak to the DCTS writers. It was a wonderful and enlightening experience. I became one his many facebook friends and enjoyed catching up with him on all his new articles and travels. I pray for his full recovery.
Lorraine Treanor has written an article about the sad news, Randy’s accomplishments, and how we can help contribute to his rehabilitation care:
“A popular freelance arts journalist is spending the evening with the New York theatre community he loves. He is handsome, of Filipino heritage, slightly built, impeccably dressed and smiles easily. He attends the opening night of Machinal on Broadway, then on to the after party. It’s nearly 4 am when he heads to his home in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
There is a young man prowling the streets of Hell’s Kitchen that night. Who he is and what or who he loves and why he is out that night is, tragically, a complete mystery. All we know is he appeared, to an observer, to be Hispanic, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing perhaps 160 pounds and was wearing black jeans and a black jacket. What he is about to do is nearly incomprehensible.
The journalist stops to buy a magazine, thinking he’d check it out and perhaps pitch an article. He can see home up ahead. He is just a few steps from safety when he is savagely attacked, beaten with such strength that the blows cave in the side of his head. The attacker flees, leaving him unconscious in the middle of the street, in a pool of blood.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Here is the sketch of the suspect that was released by police.
Randy Gener’s website.