Police have released a video of a man they say attacked a subway rider last week while uttering anti-white statements.
On Feb. 5 at about 9:45 p.m. the 44-year-old victim was on the southbound platform of the D and Q line at the Church Avenue subway station in Flatbush when he was approached by the suspect, according to authorities.
The suspect them punched the victim in the face and said anti-white statements before fleeing the station, police said.
According to the New York Daily News, the victim — identified as Randy Aveille of Brooklyn — had gotten on the train with his fiancée after having dinner.
When they got on the train Aveille told the Daily News that the thought he saw actress Emily Bergl and the suspect was in his line of sight.
Once the couple got off the train, Aveille said that the attacker suckerpunched him in the head and also elbowed his fiancée in the head as she and another woman attempted to stop the attack, the Daily News reported. The suspect also then spit in the other women’s face before running away.
During the attack the suspect allegedly said “Someone get his white cracka ass off the floor. It’s a black neighborhood…You don’t belong here,” according to the Daily News.
Police are now investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.