Suffolk County police and Crime Stoppers on Tuesday released two sketches of men wanted in connection with a possible hate crime in Farmingville.
Three men are wanted in the June 30 assault of a man riding a bicycle on Granny Road, police said in a news release.
Each of the suspects is described as 20 to 24 years old and two of them had beards, police said.DataLI crime stats
The three knocked a man from his bicycle at about 12:30 a.m., repeatedly kicked him, then fled in a newer-model light brown pickup with an extended cab, police said.
In a Newsday story on July 3, the victim identified himself only as Juan, 42, a kitchen worker at a Farmingville restaurant, and did not want to give his last name.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said he was riding home from work when the three got out of a pickup and attacked him, beating him unconscious.
He reported the assault to police the next day, and he said they urged him to get treatment for injuries to his face and arms.
One attacker said, "I hate these people," Juan, a Guatemalan immigrant, told Newsday.
"I asked what's going on," he said. "I tried to get away, but I couldn't."
When he regained consciousness, the light brown truck was gone, Juan said, but he still had his wallet and bicycle.
Juan said he pedaled home to Coram and debated for a day whether to call police.
He said he thinks he was targeted because he is Hispanic: "I have no problems with anyone. That's what I keep asking myself. Why?"
Juan said he supports his four children and his parents in Guatemala.
He thought he could make a better life for himself and his family by leaving his homeland, which is stricken by high crime and political strife: "We tend to think we're safer here."
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477 or the Hate Crimes Unit at 631-852-6323. All information will be kept confidential.
With Ellen Yan