Man beats subway rider in Manhattan in possible hate crime attack

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Manhattan subway attack suspect

Police asked for help identifying this man in connection with a possible hate crime on a Manhattan subway. (NYPD)

HARLEM, Manhattan — A man repeatedly punched a subway rider in the face in a possible hate crime, NYPD officials said Monday.

The attacker approached a 45-year-old man on a southbound No. 2 train on Thursday afternoon, police said. He hurled anti-gay slurs at the victim and attacked.

Officials said the man got off the train at the 135th Street station in Harlem.

The victim was treated at the hospital for a laceration to his face.

A hate crimes investigation was launched.

Police have asked for help identifying the attacker.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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