NYC suspect: Ethnic insult preceded beating of Andover man

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NEW YORK (AP) — One of the suspects says an ethnic insult started an argument that led to the brutal beating of a Massachusetts man in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

According to court papers, Hatem Farsakh made the assertion to detectives investigating the January incident. He was arraigned Tuesday with one of the five other men charged in the case. They pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

Kevin McCarron of Andover, Mass., suffered a fracture skull.

According to the New York Daily News, Farsakh alleges that someone in McCarron's group used an expletive and made a derogatory reference to Arabs.

Authorities said previously that the argument started after McCarron and his friends found some men sitting on his parked car. One of the suspects had a bat and a tire iron.