Man Sucker Punches Woman Causing Spine Fracture in Homophobic New York Subway Attack

A man attacked a 20-year-old woman — leaving her with a fractured spine — on a New York City subway train late last month after he saw another woman kiss her cheek.

According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), the suspect called the woman a "d**e" on a Manhattan-bound train passing through Queens on Nov. 30 around 5 p.m. before engaging in a heated argument with the victim.

Following their row, the man punched the woman on the back of her head and pushed her to the ground as she turned to walk away. He then quickly fleed the scene at the next stop.

The unnamed victim was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where medics discovered she had suffered a fractured spine from the fall. Authorities have revealed they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

On Saturday, the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force released an image of the suspect and an accompanying video in a bid to track down eyewitnesses who could help them identify the suspect.

The perpetrator has been described as a black male in his 50s. He is approximately 5 feet and 11 inches tall and weighs around 220 pounds. In the video, he was wearing a black long-sleeve turtleneck under a camouflage vest, a black beanie, glasses, and grey pants.

The man exited the Manhattan-bound E train at the Forest Hills station.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for further information.

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A man punched a woman because he thought she was a lesbian and fractured her spine on a New York subway late last month. Scrrenshot

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public is also encouraged to submit tips on the Crime Stoppers website or through Twitter @NYPDTips.

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