The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an attack inside the Queens Plaza subway station late last month as a hate crime.
On Tuesday, July 26, a 37-year-old man was riding a southbound E train at the Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard stop when an unidentified man approached him and began punching him with a closed fist, shouting anti-Hasidic remarks, police said.
The victim of the unprovoked attack suffered a laceration to the lip as his assailant fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition. No arrests have been made, police said.
The NYPD released surveillance images that were obtained from the MTA as well as an artist’s sketch of the suspect– depicted as in his 30s, a dark complexion, around 5’7” tall, a medium build, with black hair and braids. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, light-colored shorts, white and gray sneakers, a black baseball cap, and he wore a black fanny pack across his chest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.