NYPD officials are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two women wanted for committing a Hate Crime Assault this week.
Police say it happened on Thursday, November 9 at about 9:55 p.m. at the corner of 82nd and Riverside Drive.
The victim, a 41-year-old woman, observed two unknown females removing posters of people who’ve been held hostage by Hamas since October 7.
She engaged in a verbal dispute with the women while also recording them on her cell phone.
Then, police say “The two females began to physically assault the victim, forcibly ripping off her Star of David necklace that was around her neck. The females also knocked the victim’s cell phone out of her hand and onto the ground, causing damage to the phone. The females then fled the location on foot to parts unknown. The victim sustained minor injuries to her face and neck but refused further medical attention at the scene. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.”
?WANTED?for a Hate Crime Assault at the corner of Riverside Drive and West 82 Street #UPPERWESTSIDE #manhattan On 11/09/23 @ 9:55 PM Reward up to $3500 Seen them? Know who they are? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityyourcall pic.twitter.com/Wv0mFphN74
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 10, 2023
Police describe the female suspects as standing approximately 5’6″ and weighing about 135 pounds, both with medium complexions, thin builds and black hair. They were last seen wearing dark clothing, and one of them had a nose ring.
The victim was able to capture them on her cell phone and share their images with police.
Anyone with relevant information 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 Crime Stoppers website or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter.