On Thursday, NYPD officials put out separate notices about suspects wanted for two recent hate crimes.
At about 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, an unknown individual entered 201 West 95th Street (Buceo 95) and according to police, “defecated on a Pride flag. The individual then took a second Pride flag and wiped his backside with it before fleeing northbound on Amsterdam Avenue on foot. No injuries were sustained as a result of this incident.”
The male suspect is described as approximately 40-years-old, with a dark complexion, approximately 5’9” tall, and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black hat, dark colored jacket, light colored pants, one dark colored sneaker, and one white sneaker.
It was also reported to police that on Tuesday, March 14 at about 1:05 p.m., an unknown individual entered 563 Columbus Avenue (the office of Council Member Gale Brewer) and engaged in a dispute with a 23-year-old female employee. The individual made an anti-Asian remark and spat at the victim. He was last seen fleeing southbound on Columbus Avenue. The victim did not sustain any injuries as a result of this incident.
The male suspect is described as having a dark complexion, standing about 5’10” and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a face mask, a dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, and white sneakers. He was also last seen carrying a bright colored book bag and a brown paper bag.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating both incidents as hate crimes.
Anyone with relevant information about either incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter. All calls are strictly confidential.
engaged in a dispute with a 23-year-old female employee. The individual made an anti-Asian remark and spat at the victim.
I’m certainly not excusing this behavior but what is the crime? Is spitting at (not on) someone illegal?