NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with an alleged bias assault that took place in Hell’s Kitchen last week.

Just before 5 a.m. on March 8, a 36-year-old man was standing in front of 765 Ninth Ave. hailing a cab for a friend when he was attacked by two people. According to authorities the suspects invoked the victim’s sexual orientation during the attack.

It is still unclear what the initial dispute was over, but according to police, cops say one of the suspects used an anti-gay slur and punched the victim in the face with a closed fist, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a fractured nose and bruising to the face. 

“This cowardly act is contrary to everything our city stands for,” City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the area, said. “People should not live in fear.”

Police have released surveillance video, which can be seen above, with hopes it will help identify the suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this incident has been asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.


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