UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Police are searching Sunday for two men accused of attacking and robbing two people while yelling racial slurs at them in the Upper West Side.
A man, 61, and woman, 54, were walking near West End Avenue and West 77th Street when two men allegedly approached them and began to use racial slurs, police said.
The men then began to attack the victims, police said. One spit on the 61-year-old victim, hit him in the face with a skateboard and then punched him after yelling, "F---- you, white cracker" at him, according to police.
The woman was shoved to the ground. Her hands and knees were cut as a result.
The two thieves then allegedly grabbed the man's jacket and ran in an unknown direction, police said.
Police later found the victim's jacket on West 78th Street.
Both victims were taken to the hospital.
The men believed to be connected to the incident are described as follows: one is approximately 5-feet 10-inches tall, and was last seen wearing dark clothing, including a black helmet, and carrying a skateboard. The other man is approximately 6-feet 4-inches tall and was last seen wearing dark clothing. He may have a pink mohawk hairstyle.
If you have any information related to these incidents, submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.