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NYPD Seeks Suspect In Alleged J-Train Bias Attack

6-Foot Hispanic Man Apparently Used Anti-Gay Slur Before He Struck
The NYPD is looking for this man in connection with a possible bias attack on the J-train. (Credit NYPD)

The NYPD is looking for this man in connection with a possible bias attack on the J-train. (Credit NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspect wanted in an apparent bias attack on a J line train in Williamsburg.

The victim, a 27-year-old man, was standing and speaking to another man on the train, in between Marcy Avenue and Gates Avenue just before midnight on Sunday. The suspect approached him, made a series of anti-gay remarks, punched the victim, and fled towards the rear of the car, according to police.

The victim suffered minor injuries, but refused medical attention.

The suspect has been described a Hispanic male between 25 and 30, with light skin and dark hair that was tied up in a bun at the time of the attack. He is approximately 6-foot and was wearing a denim jacket.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

This attack came the same week that police arrested a number of teenagers for their alleged involvement in an attack on a gay man in Prospect Park.

Kevin Kiadii, 25, said he and a male friend encountered a group of at least four teens who appeared to be intoxicated.

As a gesture of kindness, Kiadii said he offered one of them a bottle of soda. In return, members of the group allegedly attacked Kiadii, and tried to flee the scene. However, they didn’t get very far. They were arrested by police officers who happened to be nearby at the time.

Those arrested ranged in age from 13 to 18, and each was charged with gang assault, and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

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