The NYPD has released a photo of a man who they believe punched a subway rider in the face on the J train earlier this month and yelled anti-Hispanic statements. According to police, the male victim was riding a J train approaching the Crescent Avenue Station in Brooklyn when he was beaten by a man shouting, "Fucking Mexican, go back to your country."

Police say the assault occurred on Wednesday, March 1st shortly before 5:30 p.m. The attacker broke the victim's nose and fled the Crescent Avenue station on foot. The victim was treated at Interfaith Hospital.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident. Investigators say the suspect is 20-30 years old, approximately 6'3" tall, 240-250lbs who was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Hate crimes citywide rose 55% during the first two months of the year, compared to the same period in 2016, according to the NYPD. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has investigated over 68 bias incidents so far this year, compared to the 44 between January 1st and February 26th 2016. Among other things last week, a Queens woman fought off a man who attacked her with an umbrella while shouting xenophobic threats.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.