[UPDATE BELOW] The NYPD is investigating an attack in Midtown last month in which the suspect allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs at his victim before punching him in the head.
According to investigators, at around 4:10 a.m. on September 14th, a 21-year-old man was walking on West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown West. Authorities say a suspect approached him, shouted anti-gay statements at him and punched him in the back of the head; the victim then fell forward onto the pavement.
The NYPD says EMS workers transported the victim to NYU Langone Medical Center for treatment, and he was released soon after. Cops are not currently investigating the attack as a hate crime, but they are currently looking for the suspect, who fled soon after the assault. The suspect was caught on surveillance video, which you can see below:
He is described as a 25-year-old white or Hispanic male, standing at around 5'10" and weighing 180 pounds. Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.
Update 1:32 p.m.: After we published this story, a tipster contacted us to tell us he too was attacked in Hell's Kitchen, exactly one week prior to the above incident. According to the tipster, who wished to remain anonymous, he was walking home from Stage 48 at around 4 a.m. on September 7th, when he was punched from behind on 48th Street near 10th Avenue:
I don't exactly remember where the attack happened, but I was hit on the back of my head really hard, and was knocked unconscious. And fell face first into the street, or the cement. And I woke up probably seconds later, I don't recall. I was completely disoriented, and confused, and I didn't know what had happened to me. And I was completely like, I was in shock and disbelief. I didn't know what was going on. So I kept walking, and my face was all bloody. I had cuts all over my face, and then people were coming, running at me. I didn't know if they were like good or bad, because I had really bad tunnelvision, and I had a concussion from the hit and the fall. So, I was walking, and I was scared because someone told me that the people that had hit me were still following me.
So I decided to just run, and I ran from 48th and 10th to 48th and 9th. And then I went down to 46th and started to try to get back to my friend's house, and then just before getting to my friend's house, I saw a police officer--cop car, which I flagged down, and then they said I had to go to the hospital. And they took me--they called an ambulance, and I was taken to the hospital, where I was treated for a series of issues.
The tipster, who also found his wallet had been stolen, reported the incident to the police. He says he didn't get a look at the attacker, and he recalls the cop handling his case suggesting he'd merely fallen over on his own. "I was drunk, but I wasn't wasted. I was completely fine," he said."But he just assumed that because I couldn't remember anything, that I was so drunk that I fell on my own face, and hit myself in the back of the head on purpose, and stole my own wallet."
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the attack, noting it had been reported at 10th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets at around 5 a.m. on September 7th, and that no arrests have been made.