nyc-hate-crimeThe NYPD is searching for a suspect they believe was the perpetrator of a hate crime in New York City last weekend.

According to WABC New York, the man in this sketch “sucker-punched a man after asking if he was gay.”

The suspect reportedly approached the 39-year-old victim and his partner on the West 4th Street subway platform on March 2 around 12:30 am and asked if they were gay. When ignored by the couple, the suspect “made a derogatory statement about gays and punched the victim in his face, causing him to fall to the ground.”

The suspect fled the station and the victim was treated for a broken nose and a fractured eye socket. (As a resident of NYC, it still surprises me that things like this happen and nobody follows the suspect on foot. It’s hard to believe that the West 4th Street station was completely empty on Saturday night.)

The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 25 and 30, approximately 5′ 8″ and weighing 170 pounds with short hair.

Police are hoping the sketch will lead to an arrest, but this is the NYPD we’re talking about here, so it probably won’t.

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