NYSP: Man arrested following a bias-related incident at NYS Fair

SYRACUSE, NY — State Police arrested Nicholas C. Ferlenda, age 27, of Syracuse, for Criminal Mischief fourth-degree (E felony), Aggravated Harassment second-degree (A misdemeanor) and Disorderly Conduct (violation).

On Aug. 24, 2019, at approximately 10:55 pm, troopers assigned to the State Fair observed a male subject, later identified as Nicholas Ferlenda, screaming obscenities and covered in blood.

Mr. Ferlenda, who was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, was determined to be the suspect in a bias-related incident that occurred a short time earlier.

Ferlenda is accused of directing anti-LGBTQ slurs towards two males while they were walking towards their vehicle that was parked at the New York State Fairgrounds, troopers said.

Ferlenda proceeded to punch one of the males in the face. When the two male victims entered their vehicle and attempted to exit the parking lot, Ferlenda punched the driver’s side window causing it to smash, troopers said.

Ferlenda sustained lacerations to his right arm and hand and was treated at the scene.

Ferlenda was charged with a bias-related crime and transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center to await centralized arraignment.