PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a same-sex couple on Long Island in an apparent hate crime earlier this month.
The two women were in an alleyway near the Patchogue-Medford Library on Main Street on July 7 when they were approached by a group of men around 3:30 a.m., according to police.
One of men allegedly made lewd comments toward the women, starting a verbal altercation. The man then began to assault one of the women, police said.
The victim was taken to Long Island Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Hate Crime detectives are investigating the incident because the victims are a same-sex couple and believe that is the reason they were targeted.
Authorities do not believe the other men participated in the assault.
The attacker is described as a male last seen wearing a red bandana, red shirt and red pants.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.AlertMe