Man Cracks Ketchup Bottle on Woman's Head in Anti-Gay Attack, Cops Say

By Aidan Gardiner and Andrea Swalec  on April 5, 2013 8:54am  | Updated on April 5, 2013 12:44pm

GREENWICH VILLAGE —  A man is accused of hurling homophobic slurs at a woman before smashing her in the head with a ketchup bottle in a diner just a block from the famed gay-rights landmark the Stonewall Inn, cops said.

The victim, 33, whose identity was not immediately released, was dining in the Waverly Restaurant at 385 Sixth Ave. with several other women on Monday when the suspect and a group of friends began arguing with them at about 4:40 a.m., police said.

The suspect, who cops described as 6-feet tall and about 200 pounds, hurled epithets before he grabbed a ketchup bottle and struck the victim with it, according to the NYPD.

The attack left the woman with a gash to the forehead, cops said.

A Friday morning visit to the popular diner, which reopened in December 2011 after six months of renovations, revealed the restaurant uses only plastic ketchup bottles, which workers confirmed. 

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap, a gray "baseball-style" shirt with dark sleeves, blue jeans and dark sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

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