Police said a young man was attacked in the Soho/Chinatown area a week ago by a man spewing anti-gay insults.
According to cops, on Sat., Dec. 12, around 7:45 a.m., at Canal Street and Broadway, the 24-year-old victim was punched in the face by the assailant as the thug made “anti-sexual-orientation statements.”
The puncher fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim refused medical attention.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident.
A photo and video of the alleged suspect show him carrying what looks like a large bag. He was sporting a full, dark beard and a dark-colored trucker cap with a light-colored front panel.
Police are asking anyone with information on either incident to call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.