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Police search for Corona hate crime suspects

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:40 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Thu Dec 6, 2012.

Last Saturday a man was assaulted for being of Middle Eastern appearance in a residential neighborhood of Corona.

At about 5:20 p.m. two suspects approached a 70-year-old man in front of 109-25 46 Ave. and asked if he was Muslim or Hindu. They then struck him in the face.

The two Hispanic suspects are in their late teens to early 20s. One had short hair and the other sported a ponytail.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he is in stable conditions.

“We stand together in sending a clear message that we will not tolerate this act of violence nor any other hate crime. Our diversity is what makes our city so great. We will not be intimidated by this hateful act of intolerance," Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Councilman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) said in a joint statement. "We are confident that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force will apprehend those responsible for this hateful act.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

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