The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force announced late last week that it's investigating an attack caught on film showing a man attacking a 22-year-old victim on the subway.
In a tweet, the police department wrote, “The suspect began spitting at a 22 Y/O male [victim] before attacking him & ripping out his hair while making anti-gay remarks.”
The incident happened on March 19 on the northbound “A” train at W 190 Street.
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Police have asked those who have information on the attack to come forward.
According to a police report seen by CNN, the unidentified suspect allegedly sat across from the victim of the attack. He told the victim, “I wish I had my pepper spray.” The suspect then spat at the victim, repeating his comments.
He then allegedly attacked the victim. Police report that the suspect is accused of running at them, grabbing their hair, then punching them in both the face and head.
During the attack, the suspect allegedly said “I’m sick of all you fags.”
The victim was taken to the hospital for cuts on their head.
A day before the alleged antigay attack, a retired police officer was slashed in the arm by a suspect that had followed him off the subway after an argument, reports local TV station WABC.
Crime on the subway has increased over the past year, according to CNN. It’s raised concerns across the city. The outlet cites data that shows crime complaints on the transit system have increased 70 percent this year compared to the same time last year.