NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released new surveillance video of the suspect in two anti-Muslim attacks in Queens.
Both incidents happened on June 20 in South Ozone Park.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For All New York City Municipal Workers, Including First Responders
Police say around 9:15 p.m., a man made anti-Muslim statements while following a 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman near Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard.
The man allegedly punched the 31-year-old in the back, then tugged on the woman’s hijab and punched her in the arm.READ MORE: 1 Dead, Another Injured After Police Pursuit Ends In Crash In Holtsville
About an hour later, the same man allegedly made anti-Muslim statements while following a 64-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman near Inwood Avenue and Liberty Avenue.
🚨Watch new video of the individual wanted in connection with the 6/20/21, Liberty Ave. anti-Muslim assaults in @NYPD103Pct and @NYPD106Pct. Know him? Please DM us or @NYPDTips or call them at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @QueensDAKatz @mayorsCAU @NYPDMuslim https://t.co/cdJDLGjWgv pic.twitter.com/NPMUvxGAmj
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) June 30, 2021
Police say the man punched the 64-year-old in the face multiple times before running away.
The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a fractured nose and small cuts to his head and face.MORE NEWS: Employee Stabbed To Death At East Harlem Deli
Anyone who has information regarding these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.