Two gay men threatened on busy NYC sidewalk by man with boxcutter

Penn Station Dawn Ennis

A man who pulled out a box cutter and threatened to kill two gay men has so far evaded police.

The incident on July 11 began with the man yelling homophobic slurs at the men, ages 21 and 22, according to the NYPD. They had been passersby on Eighth Avenue and West 33rd, outside Penn Station, when they stopped to confront the man.

He in turn pulled out a boxcutter and threatened to kill them, the NYPD said.

But the man then turned and ran inside Penn Station, and vanished.

Police describe him as approximately 40 years old, 5’7 and 180 pounds.


The attack outside Penn Station comes right on the heels of another antigay attack in Manhattan on Sunday, July 17, when a gang of five men yelled anti-gay slurs and beat a man as he left a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen, breaking his leg in two places, reported NewNowNext.

Antigay attacks have been on a steady rise in New York City since 2013, nearly doubling between 2012 and 2013.

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