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MIDTOWN (PIX11) – The NYPD Monday released a sketch in connection with the beating of Randy Gener, a well-respected journalist from the Philippines.

Police are looking for the man who walked up to Gener and beat him savagely in the face on Jan 17th as he returned home from a seeing a play.  He was steps from his apartment when he was assaulted.

While the motive for the attack is unclear, many believe that since Gener is openly gay and nothing appeared to have been stolen, that it was a bias crime. Yet no information was released as of a press conference held Monday night by Gener’s family that would support such a theory.

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Police are looking for this man in the brutal beating of a respected gay journalist.

In the meantime, the NYPD describes the suspect as a male Latino in his 20’s. About 6 feet tall and 160 lbs, with short black hair. Witnesses told police he and possibly others were seen getting into a grey 4-door Nissan with Mississippi plate: KAT 397.

Gener is said to be recovering from his head injuries, a fund set up to support him has already raised $37,000 by mid evening Monday.

Police are asking for anyone with information pertaining to the incident to call Crime Stoppers (800)577-TIPS.