Trial date set for Pittsford man accused of hate crimes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The Pittsford man accused of verbally attacking a family as they walked along the Erie Canal will go to trial next year.

Vincent Randazzese, 52, allegedly confronted a family, which is of Indian decent, in July. He pleaded not guilty to five hate crime-related charges and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents, the father of the family says Randazzese started yelling racial slurs at his family, saying at one point, "You have no right to be in this country." Randazzese then allegedly approached the man saying, " I'll put my fist down your throat."

The man says he tried to call 911 when Randazzese grabbed his cell phone and threw it into the canal. 

Randazzese will appear in court on Dec. 6 for a pre-trial hearing. 

His trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 26, 2018. 


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