Police are looking for a man who they believe yelled homophobic slurs at another man in the West Village over the weekend, before shoving him from behind into the window frame of a West 4th Street tapas bar. The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
According to the NYPD, a 32-year-old man was walking on West 4th Street between Jones and Cornelia streets just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd, when a man in his mid-20s approached him and began yelling homophobic slurs. The younger man then allegedly pushed the 32-year-old from behind, causing him to fall and hit his head on the window frame of Las Ramblas, a tapas bar at 170 West 4th Street.
Police have acquired surveillance footage of the incident. A spokesman for the department could not confirm what prompted the incident, or what slurs were used.
EMS transported the victim to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was treated and released for a head laceration and general pain. "It required a staple, so it was quite a big laceration," an NYPD spokesman said.
The suspect is believed to be about 6'0" tall and 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black pants, and black sneakers.
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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.