BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Police are asking for the public’s help in finding four youths in connection with what’s being investigated as a hate crime assault last month in Chelsea’s 10th Precinct.
Police said that on Fri., Sept. 15, around 10:15 p.m., a 72-year-old man was at W. 17th Street and Ninth Avenue when he was approached by four unknown males. The individuals allegedly made anti-L.G.B.T.Q. statements and then punched, kicked and used items to strike the victim on his head and body. The punks then fled on foot and were seen entering 420 W. 19th St., in the Robert Fulton Houses.
The victim suffered a broken jaw and cuts to his face and hands, according to police. He went to an area hospital by private means.
One of the individuals cops are seeking is described as heavyset while the other three have slim builds.
The N.Y.P.D.’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating this incident.
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 crimestoppers.nypdonline.org 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.