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Police Release Video of Suspect in NYC Antigay Hate Crime

Police Release Video of Suspect in NYC Antigay Hate Crime

The New York Police Department has released footage of the suspect in a possible antigay hate crime from last month, reports TV station WPIX.

Around 4 a.m. September 14, a 21-year-old male victim was walking with a friend on West 48th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues when a man shouted antigay slurs at the pair before punching the victim in the back of the head. The victim fell face first onto the sidewalk, and the suspect left the scene

The victim, whose name has not been disclosed, was treated for his injuries at the NYU Langone Medical Center, and later released.

Police have described the suspect as either a white or Hispanic male, roughly 25 years old, 5 foot 10, and 180 pounds. Images of the suspect were captured on video.

From 2011 to 2012, reported New York City hate crimes increased 54 percent.  In 2012 there were 374 reported hate crimes in the city, with 148 arrests.

Anyone with information about the suspect involved in the September 14 assault is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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