Nassau police detectives said Tuesday they were searching for a man who punched a woman in the face and yelled racial slurs at her Saturday night after she asked him to lower his voice on a Hempstead street.
The 53-year-old victim suffered a laceration to her face and a broken tooth in the attack shortly before midnight at West Columbia Street, Third Squad detectives said, adding that they are treating the case as a bias crime.
They said the incident occurred when the victim, who was talking on her cellphone, asked a man who was yelling at another woman to lower his voice. Police said the victim reported that the man then approached her while yelling racial slurs and punched her in the face.
She was taken by ambulance to a hospital and treated.
The suspect is described as in his 20s to mid-30s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a short-sleeve tan shirt with blue jeans, police said.
Detectives urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All callers will remain anonymous.