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Transgender Woman Beaten Outside Home in Jackson Heights, Police Say

By Katie Honan | November 30, 2015 3:48pm
 The victim and suspect had an argument outside the home early Sunday, police and neighbors said.
The victim and suspect had an argument outside the home early Sunday, police and neighbors said.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — A transgender woman is in critical condition after being beaten outside her home early Sunday, police and law enforcement sources said. 

The 35-year-old victim was attacked by a man in front of her home on 93rd Street near 37th place before 4 a.m., police said.

She had gotten into an argument with the suspect before the attack, police and neighbors said.

The landlord heard the fighting and looked outside where he saw the suspect attacking his tenant, slamming her head multiple times into the sidewalk, law enforcement sources said. 

The suspect then fled north on 93rd Street, officials said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she is currently on a respirator with bleeding in the brain, sources said. 

Police said the Hate Crimes Task Force is currently looking into the case, but it's still under investigation. 

The dark street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues attracts more dangerous crime, including robberies, according to Jimmy Flores, who owns a bike shop on the corner of 93rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

"It's terrible, people fighting, people robbing," he said.

Drunk people flood out of the bars on Roosevelt Avenue and also harass the transgender people who tend to congregate on the corner, he said.

"There's so many trans people, but they don't do anything," he said. "But there's a lot of drunk people in the street and they bother those people."

The crime picks up around 2 a.m., neighbors said.

"When the sun come out, you don't see nobody," said Eliana Abili, 29, who lives a few doors down from the scene of the attack. "But at night, oh, it's crazy over here."