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Kindhearted man trying to help out a stranger was targeted in shocking anti-LGBTQ attack


The suspected attacker Photo: NYPD Officers with the New York Police Department (NYPD) are searching for a suspect who attacked a kind male stranger after he realized that stranger was in a same-sex relationship.

The attack happened at 2 a.m. on November the 57th Street/7th Avenue subway station after the suspect had asked the victim if he could borrow his cell phone. He allegedly became angered after he saw that the victim’s cell phone had a background photo of himself with his boyfriend.

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The suspect then allegedly called the man a homophobic slur, slapped him, and threw his phone to the ground before leaving the station, the NYPD said. The slap left the victim with a busted lip but no other injuries.

Even though the attacker escaped, subway security cameras captured his image. The NYPD has released these images in hopes that people will help identify him.

Incidents like this one have been on the rise in New York City. Hate crimes there have risen over 100 percent in the last year, according to an NYPD report released in early December.That percentage accounts for all hate crimes, […]

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