MANHATTAN — A man was stabbed in the chest by a straphanger making anti-gay remarks during a fight on the subway that police are investigating as a hate crime, the NYPD said.
The victim, 28, was riding a northbound 1 train with his partner and sister about 7:10 p.m. Saturday when he and the suspect got into an argument, during which the suspect made anti-gay statements, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
As the suspect left the train at the 110th Street station, he stabbed the victim in the chest, the spokeswoman said.
The two then fought each other on the platform until the suspect fled the scene, police said.
The victim was treated at St. Luke's Hospital, where he's listed in stable condition, police said.
The suspect, who was described as about 30 years old and standing 6 feet, hadn't been arrested as of Monday morning, police said. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with blue jeans.
"It's a shock to the senses when attacks like these happen in our state," said Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, who represents the area.
"We often take pride in the progressive and inclusive framework of protections that we have built to guard all members of our community from violence like this — but attacks like these are grim reminders of how much work still needs to be done."
The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating, police said.