Police eye anti-gay bias in attack on Manhattan city bus

Thomas Tracy and John Annese, New York Daily News

An attack on a Manhattan city bus by an assailant who told a teen “I don’t like people like you” is being investigated as a possible anti-gay hate crime, police and sources said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old victim was riding the M23 bus near 23rd St. and Sixth Ave. in Chelsea on Nov. 22 when another man got on the bus and started harassing him, cops said.

“You have long hair. I don’t like people like you,” the attacker told the teen, according to police sources.

The victim tried to get off the bus, but the suspect followed him and punched him in the head, then got back on the bus and headed west, police said.

Police released video of the suspect, and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Gov. Cuomo has also directed the state police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer to help the NYPD with the investigation.