The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an assault in Astoria on a transgender woman and her friend as a hate crime. According to cops, the incident happened around 5 a.m. at Neptune Diner on Astoria Boulevard on Wednesday January 8th. The 30-year-old transgender woman and a 32-year-old man got into a verbal dispute with two women who allegedly made anti-gay statements towards them.

At some point, the verbal dispute escalated into the two suspects throwing plates at the victims. Both victims were taken to the hospital with lacerations to the head; the man required stitches for his injuries. Police are now looking for the two women, as well as a man who they were with. You can see their photos to the right.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.