NEW YORK (PIX11) — The NYPD has released a sketch of the man suspected of brutally beating an openly gay journalist in midtown, in what is being described as a possible hate attack.
Randy Gener, 46, was leaving a friend’s party January 17 when he was attacked near Seventh Avenue and 54th Street. Cops say a man punched Gener in the head, then fled in a gray four door Nissan with the Mississippi license plate #KAt397.
Gener , an accomplished journalist, sustained massive brain injuries that required surgery after hitting his head on the ground.
“Who did this to him? That’s what we want to know. What happened to him that night,” friend Liz Casasola told PIX11.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force has taken up the investigation.
“His case has been transferred over to the hate crimes unit,” said Jessica Blair Driessler, Gener’s sister said. “They have assured us that they’re working on the case.”
Gener’s family has set up website to raise funds for his medical expenses.
The suspect is described as a male in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing black jeans and a black jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.