2016-05-18 / Front Page

Cops Probe Fatal Beating As Hate Crime

By Liz Goff
Police at the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force are investigating the fatal beating of a Jackson Heights man to determine if the attack was a bias crime.

Investigators are searching for a gang of five or six men who took part in the vicious attack on Hector Anzures, who was found unconscious and unresponsive on Roosevelt Avenue and 81st Street at about 2:50 a.m. on May 8, police said.

Eyewitnesses told police Azures was arguing with the men when they suddenly turned on him, punching and pummeling him with their fists and unknown objects, police sources said.

“The guy didn’t have a chance,” an eyewitness said. “All of a sudden those guys were all over him, holding him down and beating his head into the pavement.”

The suspects fled in different directions when a Good Samaritan intervened, but two of the men returned moments later to continue the attack, a police source said.

Anzures was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with severe head trauma, broken ribs, cuts and massive bruises to his head, face, neck, shoulders and torso. He died of his injuries shortly after he arrived at the hospital, police said.

NYPD officials said police detained and questioned two men at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine if the attack was a bias or gay-related crime, officials said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.


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