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Suspects in Two Queens Assaults Sought by Cops

By Aidan Gardiner | December 7, 2012 8:19am

CORONA — Cops are hunting two men suspected of two Queens attacks that occurred within moments of each other.

The suspects are believed to have assaulted two men just five block apart at about 5:20 a.m. on November 24, according to the NYPD.

In one of the attacks, the suspects approached a 70-year-old man in front of 109-25 46 Ave., asked if he was Muslim or Hindu, and then attacked him, slashing his face, police said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition.

The suspect attacked another man near 48-32 104th St., just blocks away, cops said. They approached the 21-year-old victim, asked for directions to Roosevelt Avenue, and then attacked him.

The victim sustained minor cuts to his face and thumb, cops said.

The attacks occurred in such quick succession that it's unclear which took place first, cops said.

Though the first attack seemed to indicate a possible hate crime, cops said neither is being investigated as one.

One suspect, believed to be in his late 20s with short black hair and between 5 to 6 feet tall, was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, a dark jacket, blue jeans, and light colored shoes.

The other is believed to have dark hair pulled into a ponytail, in his early 20s, and was last seen wearing  a light blue jacket, dark pants and dark shoes.

Anyone with information about the attack should submit a tip at NYPD Crime Stoppers or call 800-577-TIPS.