NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police late Wednesday released sketches of the three suspects who apparently mistook a woman and her mother for a couple and assaulted them in an anti-gay bias attack in Midtown East.
Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Tiffany Santiago and her mother went to the BarKogi restaurant at Second Avenue and 51st Street for a quick late-night bite, when they were attacked by a group at a nearby table who started yelling anti-gay slurs and throwing things, Santiago told CBS2 exclusively.READ MORE: Dr. Howard Zucker Stepping Down As New York State Health Commissioner
“Me and my mom look very similar in age, and so I think me with the short hair, and my mom’s really tall – she’s like five-eight; she’s a big lady,” Santiago said. “I think they thought we were on a date.”
Santiago said the fighting escalated from shouting into shoving, and then an all-out brawl.
“He threw me across the restaurant,” Santiago said. “I don’t even know how far I went, but I went through tables, chairs, glasses.”
She said her attackers were drunk, and said the restaurant owner – who also appeared drunk – did little to help.
When asked for comment, the owner would not speak to CBS2.READ MORE: Judge Lifts Temporary Pause On Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated By Monday
Police describe the first suspect as a white balding man in his mid-40s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with a beard. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans.
The second suspect is described by police as a white woman in her mid-30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds with dirty blonde hair. She was last seen wearing light-colored shirt, black pants and light-colored high heel boots.
The third suspect is also described as a white woman in her mid-30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 pounds with long wavy black hair. She was last seen wearing a white tank top, black pants and black high heel boots.
Police have also released surveillance video of the suspects.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Search Continues For Man Seen On Video Slashing Bronx Restaurant Worker
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.