West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend
BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police are seeking seven individuals in connection with an anti-gay attack at the Jane Hotel in the West Village in the early morning hours on Sunday.
According to an NYPD release, a 36-year-old man was inside an elevator at the hotel, located at 113 Jane Street, along with numerous other individuals, when one of them made an anti-gay remark to the man, after which another of them punched him, and a third then kicked him in the face.
The man suffered a laceration to his forehead and was taken to Mt. Sinai for his injury.
The group, which police said included five men and two women, all in their 20s, fled in an unknown direction.
In a video released by police, the group of suspects are in Halloween costumes but their faces are visible.
Anyone with information about the case can contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or in Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA. Tips can also be submitted at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting to 274637(CRIMES), and then entering TIP577.
Out gay City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who represents the area, described the incident as “shocking and deeply offensive to all New Yorkers” in a neighborhood “known around the country as a place where people can live openly.”