The New York City Police Department has identified the man believed to have bashed a gay couple with a chair at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea earlier this month. DNA info reports.

Police have named Bayna El-Amin, 41, as the person in the viral video beating Jonathan Snipes, 32, and Ethan York-Adams, 25, over the head with a chair on May 5.

The beating came after El-Amin allegedly shouted several anti-gay slurs at the men.

According to the NYPD, El-Amin has an extensive criminal record with 18 prior arrests for assault, shoplifting, drug possession, credit card fraud, forgery and possession of stolen property. His 22-year arrest record spans six states.

"He is a career criminal," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told the New York Daily News. "We believe he has fled the state."

Police are looking for help tracking him down.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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