Teen Attacked in Queens in Hate Crime

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A young man of Indo-Caribbean origin was attacked by several youth in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., last week, shouting “ISIS, ISIS” and punching and beating him. Police are calling it a bias crime, according to news reports.

Though the 19-year old victim’s name was not revealed by police, Gothamist news blog reported his father’s name as Ray Bisram, who told media his son was “traumatized” by the attack.

The youth who attacked him were carrying a metal pipe, which they threatened to use on him, as well as a baseball bat.

The attack took place a little after 1 pm, on April 27, as the victim was walking on 10th Street in Astoria, when he noticed three teens aged 17-19, following him. One of them called him an “Arab” and punched him in the face twice. They then brandished a metal pipe and a baseball bat at him. Luckily, the victim was able to sidestep the metal pipe swung at him and began running toward a neighbor who was witnessing the attack. The attackers then fled the scene.

The NYPD are on the lookout for the three men.