Residents in Greenwich Village are on edge after police say a man attacked a woman in a restaurant while making anti-gay remarks.
Investigators say the victim was inside the Waverly Diner on Sixth Avenue early Monday morning when she was approached by a man who was later captured on surveillance video.
They say the man made anti-gay statements and struck the woman in the face with a ketchup bottle, cutting her forehead.
Police say the suspect and the victim didn't know each other and believe the attack came out of the blue.
"The incident, it's awful, the guy sounds a little deranged to make an assault with a ketchup bottle," said one Greenwich Village resident.
"It's plain ignorance. We still have ignorance out here," said another Greenwich Village resident.
"I never saw anything like this around you know, but if I would have seen I would have said something, make sure the person get caught, this is very wrong," noted a third Greenwich Village resident.
The suspect is described as being 6'1" tall and weighing about 200 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a grey baseball-style shirt with dark sleeves, blue jeans and dark-colored sneakers.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.