Cops launch hate crime probe after man spit on woman in hijab on a Long Island City street

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Police released video on Friday night of a man who spit on a woman along a Long Island City street in a case now being investigated as a hate crime.

Law enforcement sources said the attack occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in front of a business on 30th Street near 37th Avenue.

According to authorities, the female victim — who was wearing a hijab, a traditional head covering worn by some Muslim women — was walking along 30th Street when the suspect approached. Without saying a word, cops said, the suspect spat on her and walked on by.

The incident was reported to the 114th Precinct. Following a preliminary probe, the case was presented to the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force for further investigation.

Cops described the hateful spitter as a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a dark gray jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.


Police are now offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website, send a direct message on Twitter to @NYPDTips or a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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