2015-03-18 / Features

Attempted Murder Labeled A Hate Crime


Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect who slashed the throat of a 24-year-old Ridgewood man on March 12 as he was walking with his girlfriend on Seneca Avenue at about 2:20 a.m. on Thursday morning. The suspect fled with a young woman who was standing nearby as a lookout during the attack.
Police said the suspect approached the couple and yelled ā€œIā€™m going to kill you, white boy,ā€ in Spanish and ran from the scene with his waiting female accomplice. Police sources said investigators believe there may have been a prior dispute between the two men.
The victim, who was slashed from one ear to the center of his throat, was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors used more than two dozen stiches to close the wound, authorities said.
The victim is expected to survive and his girlfriend was not injured in the attack, police said.
Police are investigating the attempted murder as a hate crime.
The suspect is described as 25-30 years old, about five feet, eight inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a blue or blue-green hooded jacket at the time of the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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