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Suspects assault elderly Muslim man

Incident is the second reported hate crime duing 3-day period in Queens

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 2:20 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

Two men allegedly assaulted an elderly man Nov. 24 after asking if he was either Hindu or Muslim in a residential section of Corona.

At about 5:20 p.m. two suspects approached a 70-year-old Muslim man in front of 109-25 46 Ave., according to NYPD. After asking his ethnicity the two men 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 pony tail.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was quickly reported to be in stable condition.

“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 Councilwoman 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.”

Three days earlier on Nov. 21 a man was stabbed in front of a mosque located at 72-55 Kissena Blvd. in Kew Gardens Hills. The suspect allegedly made anti-Muslim statements, setting off suspicions the assault was a hate crime.

The NYPD has a Muslim Advisory Council, which it works with as a liaison to the community. The council’s founding member, Moustafa Elshiekh, said NYPD sent the group emails detailing the Nov. 24 incident and plans to hold an informational conference about the crimes.

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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