Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said the New York State Police will investigate an incident in which a brute made an anti-gay statement and then punched a teen in the face on a city bus.
The 19-year-old was riding an M23 bus near West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Chelsea around 4:50 p.m. Nov. 22 when the stranger harassed him, according to police.
The man said “I hate gay people,” police sources said. When the teen got off the bus, the man pursued him and punched him in the face, the NYPD said.
The attacker then got back on the bus and rode away, cops said. The teen’s head was bruised, but he declined aid, police said.
Cuomo called the alleged incident “downright disturbing” in a statement Tuesday.
“This violent attack, which targeted a teenager as they were exiting the bus, is repugnant to everything we stand for in New York, and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to immediately offer assistance investigating this cowardly act,” he said.
“Make no mistake: we do not tolerate bias attacks in the Empire State, and we will always defend New Yorkers who are targeted for being who they are.”