The victims of an alleged anti-gay attack which took place in a New York subway station are speaking out about the experience for the first time.
As CBS New York is reporting, J.P. Masterson and his partner, Peter Moore, were returning home from an anniversary celebration at the time of the attack, which took place on a Greenwich Village subway platform around 12:30 a.m. on March 2.
At first, the couple thought the suspect needed help. “He just came at me in two seconds, and then he started shoving me towards the tracks,” Masterson, who is still suffering from a bruised eye, told the news station. "He was like, ‘I f***ing hate faggots.'”
Masterson suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket, according to the Associated Press. He said he was disappointed that no one on the platform came to the couple's assistance during the attack.
No suspect has been named, but police officials have released a sketch and believe the attacker is also about 5 feet 8 inches in height, weighs around 170 pounds, and is in his late 20s. Masterson said he was speaking Polish at the time of the attack to Moore, who is part Polish.
The case follows what appears to be a disturbing spate of violence against New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In May 2013, 32-year-old Mark Carson was fatally shot in the head while walking through Manhattan's West Village neighborhood.
Law enforcement officials began investigating that case as a hate crime after learning suspect Elliot Morales, who was arrested just blocks from the alleged attack, had apparently hurled a series of anti-gay insults at Carson before shooting him.