NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the hunt for four men accused of attacking a transgender woman in Brooklyn.
It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Bushwick.
Police said the four men walked up the 28-year-old victim on Bushwick Avenue and began making anti-gay statements. They then beat and kicked the woman, police said. One of them also threw a Plexiglas board at the victim’s head, police said.
The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition.
Two of the suspects were caught on a store’s surveillance video.
One was described by police as a black man wearing a gray sleeveless sweatshirt with the word “freedom” on it along with a dark long sleeve shirt, gray sweatpants, white sneakers and ski cap.
The other, described by police as black man with close cut hair, was wearing a blue Nike hooded sweatshirt with blue sweatpants.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
“There is no place in New York for such bigoted and hateful acts and I urge anyone with knowledge of this assault to come forward and alert the police,” Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a statement. “We pride ourselves on tolerance, diversity and inclusion in our city and no one should live in fear as they walk the streets.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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