BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – The NYPD is searching for an assailant who groped a woman and then broke her nose during an assault in the New York City subway, police said on Sunday.

The attack began around 1:15 p.m. on Thursday on a J train platform at the subway station at Myrtle Avenue and Broadway in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.

The perpetrator allegedly groped a 22-year-old woman on the subway platform, police said. The suspect and the victim then boarded the train and started fighting, according to authorities.

The suspect allegedly made anti-LGBTQ+ comments toward the victim and then punched her in the face and body multiple times, breaking her nose, police said. The victim later went to a hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The assailant fled off of the train at the Delancey Street and Essex Street stop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, police said. The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspect, who hasn’t been identified.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force has been notified, authorities said.

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