What to Know
- A man who allegedly hurled an anti-gay slur at a woman before punching her from behind has been arrested
- The 20-year-old victim's spine was fractured in the attack, which took place on an E train
- The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force arrested Allahseed Allah for the attack on Thursday, NYPD Chief of Detective Dermot Shea tweeted
A man who allegedly hurled an anti-gay slur at a woman before punching her from behind on the subway in an attack that fractured her spine has been arrested, police say.
The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force arrested Allahseed Allah, 54, of Manhattan, for the attack on Thursday, NYPD Chief of Detective Dermot Shea tweeted.
"Once again, NYC has made it clear: we have #NoPlaceForHate," Shea wrote.
Allah allegedly approached the 20-year-old woman on a Manhattan-bound E train near the Forest Hills station on Nov. 30, according to police.
After he used a slur against her, she walked away. That's when the man allegedly punched her in the back of the head and shoved her to the ground, where she struck her head, police said.
The man got off the train at the Forest Hills station.
The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was treated for a fractured spine, police said.
Allah has been charged with hate-crime assault and hate-crime aggravated harassment, the NYPD said.
His attorney information wasn't immediately available Thursday.