at lefft, the suspect in the box cutter attack on a NYC subway; at right, two suspects in a street attack on two gay men on Wednesday. Source: NYC Police/Crimestoppers

NYC Police Seek Suspects in Two Recent Homophobic Attacks


AM New York reports of a disturbing homophobic attack on a subway this weekend. This was the second violent anti-queer hate crime to occur in New York City this week. On Wednesday evening two men were attacked by four others on Broadway near 33rd Street, Shore News Network reports.

The subway attack occurred at about 11:03 p.m. on March 1 on board a Harlem-bound A train as it rumbled toward 34th Street-Penn Station, law authorities report.

"According to police sources, the victim, a 27-year-old man, was with his boyfriend when the hate-filled suspect spotted the couple and became enraged," AM New York writes.

The man began spouting "anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and slurs at the pair, then produced a box cutter and began swiping wildly. The victim lifted his arms to stop the attack, but wound up being sliced in the hands numerous times as a result." He was taken to Bellevue for treatment. The suspect remained on the train and is being sought by police.

"On Saturday, the NYPD released an image of the hate-filled perpetrator," adds AM New York. "Police said he was last seen wearing a gray coat and a black hat."

The Wednesday night attack of two men by four unidentified ones is being investigated as a hate crime, South Shore News Network reports.

"The assailants hurled hard objects at the victims, accompanied by anti-LGBTQIA+ slurs, before physically assaulting one of the victims, a 36-year-old man, with repeated punches to the face. This resulted in significant swelling and bruising. The attackers, described as light-complexioned males in their mid-teens, subsequently fled the scene."

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