Suspects in possible hate crime wanted for a second assault


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Police are searching for two suspects they say attacked an elderly Corona man and a 21 year old on November 24.

Two suspects wanted in connection with a Corona slashing, are now wanted for a second assault that occurred the same morning just blocks away.

The first attack took place when the suspects approached a 70-year-old man and asked him if he was Muslim or Hindu before proceeding to assault him, according to police.

Both assaults occurred minutes apart on Sunday, November 24 at approximately 5:20 a.m. It is uncertain which attack happened first.

Just five blocks away, on 104th Street in Corona, the pair approached a 21-year-old man and asked him for direction to Roosevelt Avenue, and then attacked him, police said. The victim sustained minor cuts to his thumb and face.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s with dark hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.