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Gay man suffers broken nose in West Village bias assault

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Police are searching for a suspect who approached a gay couple inside a West Village subway station earlier this week, made a derogatory statement and then punched one of them in the face.

The 39-year-old victim suffered a broken nose and fractured orbital bone, police said.

The suspect approached the couple inside the West Fourth Street - Washington Square station at about 12:30 a.m on Sunday. He asked the men if they were gay, and the couple ignored him. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.


Police released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a white male between 25 and 30 years old, 5-foot-8 and 170 lbs.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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