As he was walking in downtown Manhattan, Rafael Ribot was “randomly” attacked by a group of seven youths, who hurled anti-gay slurs at him before stabbing, kicking and beating him.
The 44-year-old victim was talking on his cell phone as he was walking down 10th Avenue near 43rd Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was surrounded by the horde of strangers who, without being provoked, began yelling anti-gay epithets at him. the New York police said.
Ribot, who identified as gay and has since been released, told Pix11 who responded to the insults, after which the confrontation took a violent turn. the suspects they began to beat and kick him repeatedly, before stabbing him with a knife in the thigh.
Ribot He also suffered bruises to his face.. The assailants then fled east on 44th Street, leaving the victim bleeding on the sidewalk.
A couple of good Samaritans came to his aid.A tourniquet-like belt was tied around his injured thigh and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he underwent surgery to close the 4 inch deep stab wounddetailed New York Post.
NYPD released video of the suspects. No arrests have been made or suspects identified. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
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