Police seeking suspect in Manhattan anti-gay subway assault

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Police are looking for the suspect who they say slapped a man across the face in a Manhattan subway station. (Credit: NYPD)

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A man slapped another man Nov. 15 in an apparent anti-gay attack, police said Friday.

At about 2 a.m., the man approached a 22-year-old man on the stairs inside the 57th Street and 7th Avenue station and asked to use his cellphone, police said. When the victim handed over his phone to the man, the man saw a picture of the victim and his boyfriend.

After seeing the photo, the man used a homophobic slur and slapped the victim in the face, police said. He then threw the victim’s phone to the ground and fled on foot.

The victim suffered a swollen lip and bruising, police said, but he refused medical attention.

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