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Greenwich Village subway platform assault investigated as bias attack

Carolina Leid has the report from Greenwich Village, NY.
March 7, 2014 2:40:26 PM PST
Police are looking for a man behind a vicious assault in Manhattan that is being investigated as a bias attack.

Authorities say the suspect sucker-punched a man after asking if he was gay.

The victim, 39-year old J.P. Masterson of Clifton, N.J., and his domestic partner Peter Moore hit the town Saturday night to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

They were all smiles as they waited for a train at the West 4th Street-Washington Square subway station in Greenwich Village. Then, they say, they were confronted by a bigot.

After being asked if they were gay, the couple tried walking away, but the man refused to leave them alone.

Then, out of nowhere, he started swinging and sucker punched J.P.

"He just came boom boom boom. I had no time to think no time to react. We got into a shoving match. I got really close to the tracks. i was scared," said Masterson.

The couple says there were easily 50 people on the platform who did nothing to help.

The suspect jumped on a train, while the New Jersey couple rushed to the hospital.

"I have a broken nose and a broken eye socket. Nine stitches. My eyelid flesh was coming out and i have three facial fractures. and my hand is broken," said Masterson.

Now, police hope a sketch will lead to an arrest. On Friday morning, flyers with a sketch of the suspect were handed out at a Greenwich Village subway station.

The victims believe the man is European because he spoke to them in Polish.

'What do you make of this?', we asked Peter Moore. "That there's still people out there who are not as accepting or tolerate as we think everyone is," he said.

Peter and J.P. say they're not focused on getting justice, rather making sure no one else becomes a victim.

The suspect, who fled the station, is described as a white male between the ages of 25 and 30, approximately 5-foot-8 and weighing 170 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.


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