Muslim teen suffers fractured eye socket in Astoria in possible hate crime

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Updated 11/23, 10:40 a.m.

Two days after an Arab-American Uber driver was the victim of a racist tirade in Astoria, four Muslim teens were attacked by three men outside of an Astoria bar.

An NYPD spokesperson said the agency’s Hate Crime Investigations Unit is investigating this incident as a possible bias crime.

On Nov. 19 at approximately 7:30 p.m., police said, four teenagers were sitting on a bench near Jarfi’s, a bar and restaurant at 27-35 21st St., when three white men approached them and started making anti-Muslim comments.

One of the men said he didn’t “want any Muslim sitting on the bench,” an NYPD spokesperson said.

One of the teenagers was struck in the face with a bottle, a police spokesperson said, and was taken to a local hospital after suffering an eye injury.

According to the New York Post, the 17-year-old teenager suffered a fractured eye socket and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet, 4 inches and about 280 pounds.

The second suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches and 160 pounds.

There was no description available for the third suspect.