Men left with broken jaw, broken nose in suspected NYC hate attacks

December 18, 2018 - 9:42 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The NYPD’s hate crimes unit is investigating two possible bias attacks in Manhattan early Monday that left one man with a broken nose and another with a broken jaw.

The two assaults happened just hours apart Monday morning and both victims had to be taken to hospitals, according to police.

Brian Reynolds told ABC7 he had just gotten off his shift as a security guard at a nightclub on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea when three white men came up to him on Seventh Avenue, shouted racial slurs and threw a trash can at his face, breaking his jaw.

Another man told police he was walking near Allen and Rivington streets on the Lower East Side a few hours later when he was approached by three white men and three white women who told him, “You’re not like us... You’re not our race.”

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The man says another person in the group used the N-word before two of them started punching and kicking him, breaking his nose.

Police are still searching for the attackers in both cases, and it’s unclear if the two incidents are related.

The NYPD said in November that there’s been more hate crimes in the city this fall compared to last year.

As of early November, there had been 309 reported hate crimes, 37 of which were motivated by racism against black people, according to police data.

Jewish, LGBTQ and black people were the most targeted groups overall, the data shows, followed by Muslims and white people.