Woman has fractured spine after possible anti-gay attack in subway

December 09, 2018 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A woman has a fractured spine after she was pummeled by a man who yelled an anti-gay slur at her on the subway in Queens, police say, and the NYPD is investigating the vicious attack as a hate crime.

The woman was riding a Manhattan-bound E train on Nov. 30 when she got into an argument with a 50-something-year-old man, according to police.

The man made an anti-gay slur at her, but the woman ultimately walked away, police said.

That’s when the suspect came up from behind, punched the woman in the back of the head and shoved her to the ground, causing her to strike her head on the floor, according to police.

The man then bolted out of the train at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station, police said.

EMS rushed the woman to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she was told she has a fractured spine.

On Sunday, the NYPD released video showing the suspect during the altercation.

The department said its Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).