updated 2/25/2009 9:44:56 PM ET 2009-02-26T02:44:56

Police said Wednesday they arrested one of the attackers who yelled slurs as they beat an Ecuadorian immigrant to death on a city street, and investigators were looking for a second suspect.

Hake Scott, 25, was arrested Wednesday in the Dec. 7 attack on Jose , which ignited outrage from New York to Ecuador. Police said he was beaten with a bat and kicked by men shouting anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs as he walked arm in arm with his brother.

Scott, of the Bronx, was expected to be charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime on Thursday, police said. No telephone number could be found for him, and authorities were unsure whether he had a lawyer.

Police were looking for a second suspect they identified as Keith Phoenix, 28, also of the Bronx. No working telephone number could be found for him.

, 31, and his brother were accosted on a Brooklyn street after attending a church party and stopping at a bar. Their attackers smashed a beer bottle over JoseĀ  head, hit him in the head with an aluminum baseball bat and kicked him, police said.

His brother, Rome Sucuzhanay, was able to run and call police.

The attack left Jose Sucuzhanay in a coma. He died five days later as his mother was en route from Ecuador to see him. He was buried in Ecuador.

Prosecutors called the attack an appalling eruption of bigotry, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg branded it "a pointless and gutless crime." Hundreds of people gathered for a demonstration in Brooklyn condemning the attack, and officials in Ecuador monitored the investigation and discussed urging the U.S. Congress to back a campaign of anti-bias education.

The attack on Sucuzhanay came about a month after another Ecuadorian immigrant, Marcelo Ulcer, was stabbed to death in Patchogue, on Long Island. Prosecutors said seven teenagers charged in that assault had set out to find a Hispanic person to attack.

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