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NYPD Seeks ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Connection With Midtown Bias Beating

Attack Being Investigated As Possible Bias Crime

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is asking the public for help in identifying several persons of interest wanted in connection with a possible bias assault in Midtown.

The attack happened around 5 p.m. Sunday between 34th and 35th streets as the Knicks played the Indiana Pacers, police said.

Nick Porto, 27, told CBS 2’s John Slattery earlier this week that he was out walking arm-in-arm with his partner, Kevin Atkins, when they were knocked to the ground by a group of men in their 20s wearing Knicks Jerseys.

The group first started calling the pair f***ots and made fun of the jeans Porto had actually made for himself for that specific day, and when Porto asked why they were shouting, the men knocked them to the ground and began kicking and punching them, the publication reported.

The alleged assailants have been described as a group of four Hispanic males in their 20s. One of the individuals was approximately 6-foot with brown hair and a tattoo on his left forearm. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, white sneakers, a Knicks #7 jersey, and a pair of blue jeans.

The NYPD is also seeking three additional Hispanic males in connection with the case.

All of the individuals are visible in the surveillance video provided by the NYPD, anybody with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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