According to police, the man in this sketch approached the 39-year-old victim on the West 4th Street subway platform around 12:30am on March 2 (Saturday night) and “punched the victim in his face” after asking if he and his partner were gay.
I explicitly stated that as a resident of New York City, it was hard to believe that these three men were the only ones standing on a busy Manhattan subway platform on Saturday night. As is the case with almost every hate crime in New York City’s public areas, there had to be more people around to witness the attack — why doesn’t anyone ever follow these suspects on foot and report to the police? How the hell does a man punch someone in the face, cause an obvious disturbance on a subway platform that most likely held dozens of commuters, and run away unnoticed?
Turns out I was right. The victim, J.P. Masterson, and his partner Peter Moore, were interviewed by CBS New York last night and claim “there were about 50 people on the platform at the time” who witnessed the attack. Not one of them made an attempt to help or follow the suspect.
“I want my New Yorkers to step up and help me out, because, you know, at the end of the day, we’re all just people,” Masterson said.
The couple also provided some additional details from the evening, noting that they had been celebrating their 10th anniversary and were most likely attacked because they were holding hands.
“He was like, I fucking hate faggots,” Masterson said. “He just came at me in two seconds, and then he started shoving me towards the tracks.” “My heart just fell, you know, I mean, we were on such a high from the weekend,” Moore added.
Masterson says he has trouble breathing as the result of “multiple fractures in my face, eye socket and nose.”
“I can’t believe this happened in my city that I grew up in,” he said. “The West Village is where I first came out and explored and felt accepted…the fact that it’s now a danger zone.”
To give you some perspective, this attack happened steps away from where a gay man was shot and killed last May.
The NYPD is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.