Police are searching for three men they say attacked a teen, calling him Arab and yelling “ISIS” as they assaulted him on a Queens street in broad daylight.
The 19-year-old victim was walking south on 10th Street in Astoria when three men began to follow him about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, cops said.
The young man turned around and one of the men called him Arab before punching him twice in the face, authorities said.
As he pushed away his attacker, the victim saw a second man approaching with a pipe in his hand yelling “ISIS, ISIS,” police said. A third man with a baseball bat was also standing nearby, officials said.
The three men fled when they saw that someone was watching the incident bystander watching the incident. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention.
Police described the first suspect as a white male between the ages of 17 and 19, standing approximately 5-foot-9 and weighing 180 pounds. He had a chin strap beard and short black hair, cops said.
He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a black t-shirt, dark-colored blue jeans and black sneakers.
The second suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male also between the ages of 17 and 19 with short black close cut hair. He is approximately 5-foot-6 and weighs 160 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a dark-colored, two-tone sweater with vertical lines, black pants and black sneakers.
Cops said the third suspect is a Hispanic or black man who stands about 5-foot-9 with black hair and a beard.
He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweat jacket with white horizontal stripes, black jeans, a grey t-shirt and grey sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls are kept confidential.