The attack occurred in Midtown Manhattan Saturday evening around 7 pm. Video surveillance footage shows the 24-year-old victim–whose identity has not been released to the public–walking into a CVS drug store.
As the victim enters the building, the suspect attacks him, punching him in the face and neck without warning. Police have also confirmed that the suspect shouted homophobic slurs during the beating; the victim is, indeed, a gay man.
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Law enforcement has released video footage of the attack, and of the suspect escaping onto 9th street. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.
New York City police hope someone can help identify the attacker and bring him to justice. Anyone with information regarding the attack or the suspect can alert police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.