The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in searching for suspects in two recent, unrelated cases involving battery of local residents.
The NYPD has released this video of the black man who allegedly punched a 44-year-old white man in the face and yelled racial slurs at him on Friday evening at the Church Avenue B/Q station in the 70th Precinct.
The police have classified the incident as a bias attack. Randy Aveille, the victim, spoke out about it yesterday; see his comments here.
In a separate case, in the 66th Precinct, police are searching for four men who allegedly put a 49-year-old man in a chokehold and threw him to the ground on Monday night on 38th Street between 15th and 16th Avenues, kicking him in the face and stealing his wallet.
City Council Member David Greenfield is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the four assailants.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential, said police.