Three suspects are being sought in a May 13 attack on a transgender woman in Brooklyn. | NYPD DCPI
Police are searching for three men suspected of bashing a transgender woman in the late morning on May 13 in Park Slope.
The 32-year-old victim was on Seventh Avenue at Eighth Street at around 11:10 am when three men passed by the woman yelling bigoted slurs, according the NYPD.
The men then attacked, punching her repeatedly in the face, fracturing her nose and eye socket, and pulling her hair, before running off, police said. The victim walked to nearby Methodist Hospital, where she was treated for her nose and eye injuries.
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The suspects are black, one of whom was wearing a gray Nike shirt with red sleeves, the second wearing a dark colored jacket with a royal blue Adidas T-shirt, and the third bald and wearing a blue jean jacket and glasses. One of the attackers was said to have a tattoo under one eye.
A number of local elected officials condemned the violence and said it was a wake-up call about the prejudice transgender people still face in New York — even in a generally open-minded place like Park Slope.
“We will not take lightly any act of violence that threatens the inclusive community we’ve all built together,” said out gay City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca in a joint statement with his Brooklyn colleague Brad Lander and local LGBT groups, including the Lambda Independent Democrats, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and Brooklyn Pride. “At a time when transgender individuals face systematic statewide persecution in other parts of the country, horrifying events like this attack stand as reminders of the many intolerances and injustices facing the transgender community right here in New York.”
Noting that 11 fatal attacks on transgender people have been documented in the US so far this year, the group added, “We must stand up against this kind of hatred and accept everyone for who they are.”
Police ask anyone with information about the suspects or the crime to call 800-577–8477, submit tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.