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NYPD seeks suspects in 2 suspected anti-LGBTQ incidents

July 4, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are asking for the public’s help find suspects in an attack involving anti-gay statements and a separate episode of vandalism of an LGBTQ Pride flag. Both happened during Pride month.

The New York Police Department on Sunday released photos and videos related to the late June incidents. Officers are investigating both as hate crimes.

One video shows a person on a scooter rolling up to a Pride flag hanging from a closed Brooklyn storefront, tearing the flag down and casting it on the ground. Police say that happened around 6 p..m June 21 on Utica Avenue, near the Crown Heights neighborhood.

The other video shows a person being sought in connection with a physical and verbal attack in Manhattan on June 25.

The NYPD says the attacker hit a 22-year-old man on the side of the head and made anti-gay statements around 1 a.m. on Sixth Avenue in the Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Police say the victim told officers he wasn’t injured and didn’t need medical attention.