Police Investigate Possible Bias Crime On Upper East Side
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The New York City Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a possible bias crime after a man was attacked over the weekend in Manhattan.
Speaking at an anti-violence event Wednesday, Joe Holladay says a group of men attacked him outside his friend's Upper East Side apartment building Saturday morning.
He says he was in town for Gay Pride weekend and the men used anti-gay slurs during the attack.
Holladay was taken to and released from Saint Vincent's Hospital.
"I did nothing to these people except being who I am," said Holladay.
"Blood was just trickling down and I was going, 'Joseph, talk to me, talk to me' and he wouldn't. I thought he was dead," said John Jerome, Halladay's friend.
Police have released a sketch of one of the suspects who they say robbed and hit Holladay in the head with a silver gun.
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.