NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man needed multiple stitches after his throat was slashed during an unprovoked attack in Queens, police said.

The incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. Thursday near Seneca and Gates avenues in the Ridgewood section.

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The 24-year-old victim was walking with his girlfriend when a man ran up to him and said “I’m going to kill you white boy” in Spanish, police said. The suspect then slashed the victim’s throat with a razor, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

The suspect fled with a female acquaintance who acted as a lookout, police said.

The victim’s family said the cut is so deep it hurts when he talks.

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The victim did not know his attacker, police said.

The NYPD is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips to the Crime Stoppers website or text 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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