A 22-year-old ex-con was wearing his girlfriend's pink tank top when he savagely beat a gay Brooklyn man into a coma last week for making a flirtatious comment, authorities said yesterday as they announced the suspect's arrest.
Steven Pomie was walking on a Brownsville street on June 8 when he pulled up his shirt, revealing part of his back, authorities said.
Pomie caught Dwan Prince, 26, staring at him and allegedly demanded, "What the f--- are you looking at?"
Witnesses said Prince responded flirtatiously, and Pomie, a Crips gang member with Stone Cold tattooed on his back, allegedly pummeled the gay man to the ground.
"My son didn't do anything to deserve this," said Prince's mother, Valerie Prinez, 47. "No one deserves this."
The arrest, however, brought her some relief yesterday.
"I'm grateful," she said. "The power of prayer works."
Two other men, who are still at large, were involved in the beating, but NYPD Capt. Michael Osgood of the hate crimes task force said Pomie was the primary attacker.
"He does the final, vicious drop kick," Osgood said.
Pomie was charged with attempted murder and two counts of assault as a hate crime. He was tracked to Seaside Heights, N.J., and arrested as he sat in a car, police said.
His rap sheet includes three arrests for weapons possession. A police source said he also had been arrested previously for firing at a cop, but details weren't available yesterday.
JOHNNY PAIN AGAIN... Sorry about the prayer reference in there... she of course could have said the same thing about praying for air everyday.