The victim and her partner are a same-sex couple who believe they were targeted, cops say.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Unit detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who assaulted a woman in Patchogue earlier this month.
Two women were in an alleyway, just west of the Patchogue-Medford Library on Main Street, when they were approached by a group of men on July 7 at approximately 3:30 a.m. One of the men made lewd comments toward the women. After a verbal altercation, the man assaulted one of the women. Detectives do not believe the other men participated in the assault. Hate Crimes detectives are investigating the incident since the victims are a same-sex couple who believe they were targeted.
The victim was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect is described as black, wearing a red bandana, red shirt, and red pants.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at www.tipsubmit.com
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