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A 22-year-old man was assaulted on the subway by someone shouting anti-gay slurs, police say


The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an incident in which an unidentified individual was captured on video shouting anti-gay slurs and attacking a 22-year-old in the metro, the NYPD announced this week.

The victim was riding the A train near 190th Street in Manhattan on the afternoon of Saturday, March 19, when an individual approached and began threatening and spitting at the victim, police said.

Police released a video asking the public to help identify the whereabouts of the unidentified individual wanted in connection with the assault.

The unidentified individual allegedly sat across from the victim and said, “I wish I had my pepper spray,” according to the police report. The individual then spat at the victim and repeated similar statements, eventually charging at the victim and grabbing him by the hair, punching him multiple times in the face and head, according to police.

While punching and pulling hair from the victim’s head, police said the assailant said, “I’m sick of all these f*gs.”

The victim was taken to hospital in stable condition with head lacerations.

The Hate Crimes Task Force investigation is open and ongoing, the statement said.

The incident comes as crime on the subway has increased over the past year, raising safety concerns among many New Yorkers, including Mayor Eric Adams himself. Crime complaints on the transit system are up 70% so far this year compared to the same time in 2021, according to NYPD crime data.

Mayor Adams, a former NYPD captain, has made subway safety a top priority and announced a plan in February to use police and social workers to fight crime and tackle homelessness on the subway. .

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