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Interracial couple attacked in LIC, possible hate crime

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

An interracial couple was attacked leaving a waterfront bar in long Island City early Saturday morning, police said.

A group of three men yelled racial slurs at Jacob James-Vogel, 37, and his wife, Billie, 40, as they left the restaurant Shi on Center Boulevard at 2 a.m. As they began to walk away one of the suspects assaulted the couple, according to the NYPD.

Police charged Nikolaos Katsos, 28, with assault and harassment. The charges could be upgraded, police said.

James sustained non-life threatening injuries to his face. His wife was thrown to the ground when she tried to stop the assault and blacked out as her head hit the sidewalk.

Police are still looking for the other two men.

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