NEW YORK (PIX11) — The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating after a man was caught on video attacking another man in a Manhattan store while allegedly making anti-gay statements.
Police said the victim, 24, was walking into a Midtown CVS on the corner of West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue around 7 p.m. Saturday when he was suddenly attacked. Surveillance footage shows a man walking out of the store swing and punch the victim in the back of the head and neck. Police said the attacker also stated anti-gay remarks.
The NYPD confirmed the victim identifies as gay. Police said he refused medical attention at the scene.
According to authorities, the unidentified assailant left the store and fled on foot heading westbound on West 34th Street, toward Ninth Avenue. The NYPD released the above footage of the attack and the man they’re looking for shortly afterward, hoping the public can help identify him.