A stranger screaming antigay slurs attacked a 21-year-old man with a hammer before throwing him onto the subway tracks early Friday morning.
The man was waiting at the Tremont Avenue subway station in the Bronx at about 1:10 a.m., when the attacker approached him yelling “fucking faggot,” police sources told the New York Daily News.
The man then hit the victim in the armpit with a hammer and shoved him onto the subway tracks before running away.
The victim got back up onto the platform and was taken to St. Barnabas hospital with minor injuries, including a deep cut on his eyebrow. The New York Police Department is looking for the suspect and investigating the attack as a “possible bias crime,” the Daily News reports.
Data released by the FBI earlier this month showed that anti-LGBTQ hate crimes are on the rise.
Last year, a man attacked a 20-year-old woman on the subway after seeing her kiss another woman on the cheek. He called her a “dyke” and then punched her in the back of the head, causing her to fall to the ground. The woman suffered a broken spine in the attack.