If one has a bad ticker or a mental disability is that a "hate crime?" New York man, 20, charged with hate crime after attacking and robbing teenager born with no arms Vincent Popalardo, 20, has been charged with robbery and assault as a hate crime after he allegedly attacked a teenager born without arms A 20-year-old New York man will face hate crime charges after he and two others allegedly attacked and robbed a teenager born without arms. Vincent Popalardo has been charged with robbery as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime for the November 30 robbery of Carlos Simon, 18, in front of a Dunkin' Donuts in Staten Island. Simon said he was waiting for a friend outside the chain when three people came up and asked him for money. 'I told them no, and they got offended, and one of them threatened to go into my pockets,' Simon told The New York Daily News in December. Simon had just placed his phone, which he holds with his shoulder and uses his nose for the touch screen, on a window ledge. He said a fourth man suddenly ran up and swiped the phone before the group fled. Simon quickly gave chase, but he suddenly realized he was alone with his attackers on an isolated side street. That's when the three teenagers who had originally approached Simon tried to rob him. 'They cornered me, surrounded me on both sides, and tried to dig their hands into my pockets,' he told CBS New York. A passerby heard his screams and Simon was able to then run back to the shopping center. 'I guess they just saw me as an easy target,' he said. Carlos Simon, 18, had his phone stolen as he waited for a friend outside a Dunkin' Donuts in Staten Island on November 30. Simon said a group of three teenagers first approached him and asked him for money +1 Simon said they got offended when he said no and threatened to go into his pockets before a fourth man suddenly ran up and swiped his phone (pictured is footage police released of the four suspects) Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said Simon was targeted because of his disability. 'All crimes are unacceptable, but those committed against an individual because of his or her disability are particularly despicable,' he said. 'It's really messed up to target people like me specifically,' Simon said. 'I guess I could use the word cowardice, to use that many people on somebody who supposedly can't fight back.'