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Suspect sought for harassing men with hammer while spewing homophobia in Midtown

19 precinct menacing
Screenshot from video courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a suspect who harassed two men in Midtown last month.

Police say that at 2:30 a.m. on June 25, a 57-year-old man and 52-year-old man were walking in the vicinity of 5th Avenue and East 63rd Street when they were approached by an unknown individual. The suspect pulled out a hammer and menaced the victims while made anti-gay statements.

The suspect then fled into Central Park in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating this incident.

The NYPD released video of the suspect taken from nearby surveillance footage:

Anyone with information in regard 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 on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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