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Man punched, called anti-gay slur while making TikTok video on Manhattan street: police

Man called anti-gay slur, punched while making TikTok video in Manhattan
Posted at 6:41 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 06:44:27-04

LOWER MANHATTAN — The NYPD's hate crimes unit is investigating after a man hurled an anti-gay slur at another man before punching him multiple times on a Lower Manhattan street last weekend, police say.

The victim was filming a TikTok video with a friend last Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., in front of 85 Broad Street , when the attack occurred, authorities said.

According to the NYPD, as the two friends recorded, the unidentified attacker approached them, called the 24-year-old man an anti-gay slur and then punched him in the face and back of the head.

The NYPD released video from the attack:

Police said the victim suffered a laceration to his lip and a bloody nose.

The unknown man fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

The man police are looking for was described as having blond hair, standing between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing around 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, black shorts, and black sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).