Authorities are on the hunt for three men suspected of beating up a man in Gramercy last month, and investigators believe the assault may have been an anti-gay hate crime.

The attack occurred on January 1st at around 3 a.m., according to police; the victim, a 27-year-old male, was walking with another man on 1st Ave and East 15th Street near Stuyvesant Town when they were approached by three men.

According to authorities, the suspects got into a dispute with the 27-year-old, and were making anti-gay statements at the time. They then allegedly assaulted the victim, leaving him with bruises on the sides of his head. The case is now being investigated by the Hate Crime Task Force.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.