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Female jogger, 52, punched in face in Hudson River Park in homophobic attack

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A female jogger was randomly punched in Hudson River Park’s Greenwich Village section last month by a buffed-out man who spewed an anti-L.G.B.T. slur at her, according to police.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating and is hunting for the suspect.

According to news reports, the incident happened on Thurs., Aug. 24. The victim, who is 52, was jogging past Pier 40, at W. Houston Street, around 8:30 a.m. when the suspect reportedly made an anti-gay comment to her. He then slammed her in the face, knocking her down to the pavement.

The woman suffered cuts to her face, knee and hand when she hit the ground, but was not seriously injured.

Afterward, the attacker fled the scene, heading northbound.

The muscular suspect — who had his shirt off and flung over his shoulder at the time of the attack — is around 30 years old, according to police. He is described as around 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 210 pounds. Police provided surveillance photos of him both with his shirt off and on. He wore a dark shirt, shorts and headband and yellow sneakers and sported white earbuds.

Police ask that anyone with information 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 or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential. Tips leading to an arrest and indictment can result in rewards of up to $3,500.


  1. Frank Frank September 1, 2023

    NYC seems not to be safe for anyone.

  2. evlover evlover August 31, 2023

    Have there been any updates to this story? I’m a little surprised there aren’t more comments. If NYC is not safe for the LGBTQ community, where is it safe? I hope his identity is revealed and he loses his job and has to move to a red state among other like-minded bigots.

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