A man making anti-gay statements stabbed another man as they got off the 1 train on Saturday night, according to police, who are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, a 29-year-old man was riding Northbound on the 1 when another man began staring at him and making anti-gay statements, he told police. The two men began to fight, and exited the train at 110th, where the perpetrator hit the man in the chest and upper back with an object. The victim began to bleed and chased the perpetrator as he exited the station. They tussled more on the sidewalk, until the perp fled east on 110th.
The perpetrator is described as an Hispanic man in his 20’s with short black hair and a light complexion, standing 6’0″ to 6’2″, about 150 pounds, with a thin build. He was wearing a white shirt, khakis, and black sneakers, the spokesman said.
The cuts broke the victim’s skin, but were described by police as “superficial wounds.” He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital.
It is under investigation as a possible hate crime.
State assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who lives nearby sent out a statement about the attack.
“It’s a shock to the senses when attacks like these happen in our state. We often take pride in the progressive and inclusive framework of protections that we have built to guard all members of our community from violence like this – but attacks like these are grim reminders of how much work still needs to be done.“I have faith that this attack will be investigated fully by the NYPD and I hope that justice is reached quickly. This incident happened close to home for me, but across the country, divisive and hateful rhetoric is inspiring violence in a very dangerous way. I am recommitting myself to promoting a campaign called ‘#StopTheHate’, which focuses on discouraging hate speech and putting a stop to hate violence.”
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