Police: Man pushed onto Bronx subway tracks in possible anti-gay attack
A possible anti-gay attack in a Bronx subway Friday resulted in the hospitalization of a man.
The attack happened at the Tremont Avenue D train station on the Grand Concourse at 1 a.m., according to police. They say the suspect walked up to a 21-year-old man, yelling and calling him homophobic slurs.
Police say the verbal attack quickly escalated to physical. They say the suspected attacker swung a hammer at the victim, but that luckily the victim was able to catch the hammer.
Police tell News 12 that's when the suspect decided to push the victim onto the tracks. The victim was able to pull himself back to the platform.
He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital with a cut to the left eyebrow and the back of his neck.
Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the attack in a tweet, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo also reacted to the incident by directing the State Police Hate Crime Task Force to assist the NYPD. Cuomo called the act repugnant.
Police are investigating this as a possible bias incident. No immediate description of the suspect has been released at this time.