UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A man allegedly pepper-sprayed and bit a 61-year-old man following a fight inside an Upper East Side mosque Monday, police said.
The suspect, 29, barged into the Islamic Cultural Center on East 97th Street at around 1:30 p.m. and exchanged words with the victim before it turned physical, according to the NYPD. The man then allegedly pepper-sprayed the victim and bit him on the hand. The victim was treated at an area hospital.
Charges are pending against the suspect. The incident is not being investigated as a hate crime because the victim and suspect are of the same faith, police said.
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