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Stabbing of man on Crown Heights sidewalk being investigated as a hate crime

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The stabbing of a man as he walked down a Crown Heights sidewalk Wednesday is being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

The 25-year-old victim was walking east on Empire Boulevard, between Kingston and Albany avenues, shortly before noon when he felt a sharp pain in his upper right shoulder, police said.

When he looked at his arm, he realized he'd been stabbed. No words were exchanged between the pair, police said.

The attacker ran away and the victim was taken to a hospital, police said.

No arrests have been made.

The individual is described as 20-30 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches, 180 pounds, who wore a black book bag, last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, blue hooded sweater, dark colored pants and black boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.