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Teenage girl pelted with cans of food by men yelling anti-gay slurs

Police are looking for three suspects who attacked a 17-year-old in a Bronx park

Crime scene tape – Photo: Fer Gregory

New York City police are searching for three men who pelted a teenage girl with cans of food while yelling anti-gay slurs at her earlier this month.

The trio attacked the 17-year-old victim in the Melrose Playground on Courtlandt Avenue and East 153rd Street in the Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood around 9 p.m. on Dec. 12, according to New York City police.

The victim suffered a torn ligament in one knee as a result of the attack, reports the New York Daily News.

According to Gay City News, the three attackers allegedly began attacking the victim over what they allege was a wig, telling her: “Hey faggot, take off your fucking wig. You faggots don’t belong on this block.” 

They continued to yell slurs at her even after she was injured, police say.

Police released photos of the three suspects last week and asked the public’s help in identifying them.

One suspect was photographed in a black sweatshirt and sweatpants, another in a red sweatshirt and jeans, and a third in a black sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and adding TIP577 before sending their message. Tips can also be left in Spanish by calling 1-88-57-PISTA (74782). All calls will be kept confidential. 

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