Police probe alleged assault of lesbian couple on Long Island as possible hate crime
The incident is being investigated by the county’s hate crimes unit and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
By Janelle Griffith
Police on Long Island, New York, are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman in a possible hate-crime attack this month.
The alleged attack took place at about 3:30 a.m. on July 7. A lesbian couple told police they were in an alleyway in Patchogue when they were approached by a group of men, one of whom made lewd comments toward them.
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The women believe they were targeted because of their sexuality, Suffolk County police said.
After a verbal altercation, the man attacked one of the women, according to police. She was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The incident is being investigated by the county’s hate crimes unit.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.