Cops seek man who shattered Black History Month mural at East Harlem restaurant in possible hate crime

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Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Police are investigating the shattering of a mural in East Harlem as a possible hate crime.

According to police, at 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 10, an unknown man threw a paving stove at a plate glass window at Sapoara, located at 2262 First Avenue, which caused the window to break. The glass window depicted a mural in tribute to Black History Month.

The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported as a result. The NYPD indicated that the incident is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force.

On Feb. 12, the NYPD released photos and video of the suspect they believe is involved:

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual 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.