A transgender woman suffered a facial fracture in an attack by five men as she walked from a subway in Brooklyn last Friday, police say.
The 32-year-old victim was walking along 9th Street near 7th Avenue in the Park Slope neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. on May 13 when she was ambushed, investigators said.
The victim told NBC 4 New York Wednesday she had just gotten off the train when she noticed a man walk up to her, and then she was suddenly surrounded. They yelled a derogatory slur, and she tried to walk away.
"I was just trying to get away at that point, I just didn't want any altercation," she said.
"Next thing you know, I got my hair pulled and was just getting hit in multiple directions, fists at the same time," she said.
She was taken to New York Methodist Hospital. Bruises were still visible underneath her left eye Wednesday.
She said she's afraid of what her attackers could do next.
"These individuals seem like they would do it to the next person, would brutally beat up somebody," she said.
The victim says she's in good spirits as she recovers.
"It can be traumatic but you can't let someone that's hateful keep you down," she said.
NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack and are looking at surveillance cameras from nearby businesses. No arrests have been reported, but police think the suspects are in their late teens or early 20s.