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Guilty plea in subway hate crime attack

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:06 pm | Updated: 2:37 pm, Fri Oct 4, 2019.

A Manhattan resident is facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking a woman on a subway train in Queens last year because he believed her to be gay.

Allasheed Allah, 54, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of third-degree assault as a hate crime for the Nov. 20 attack on Manhattan-bound E train at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills according to a statement issued by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Allah confronted the 20-year-old victim after a friend kissed her on the cheek.

He followed the women off the train and screamed a homophobic slur at the victim before striking her on the head and chest. He then shoved her into a post, causing her to suffer multiple back and head injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Allah admitted to attacking the woman when being questioned by police because she was “disrespecting me with all that gay (expletive).”

“In pleading guilty, the defendant has admitted to attacking a woman solely based on his belief that she was gay,” acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement issued by his office. “This kind of hate-inspired assault is intolerable and we won’t stand for it here in Queens County — the most diverse county in the country. The defendant will go to prison as a result of this vicious attack. The victim, I am happy to say, has recovered and hopefully will be able to put this horrible incident behind her forever.”

Allah is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Criminal Court Judge Mary Bejarano on Nov. 7.

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