NYC doctor Sina Rezaie had just exited the subway in Greenwich Village when an unidentified man approached him from behind…
Rezaie told NBC News,
“He called me a f*ggot and then half a block later, he came from behind and kicked and punched me multiple times…
I don’t know why this happened to me.”
In 2021. In New York City.
The beating left Rezaie with his jaw broken in two places and the 29-year-old doctor underwent emergency surgery following the violent hate crime attack on the 4th of July.
He lay on the ground until after his attacker had disappeared and managed to pull himself to his feet and stumbled to a nearby bar. Two friends of Rezaie, Laurie Beck and Richard Delay, happened to be working in the bar at the time and immediately called for an ambulance as they tried to help him.
“I just kind of saw our friend walking outside kind of erratically and I called [Delay’s] attention ‘go see what’s going on with our neighbor, it looks like he’s distressed.’ [Daley] went outside to check it out, then he starts waving to me so I grabbed a bottle of water and some paper towels and ran outside.”
“I saw him holding his mouth, blood running out from face. He said that he had gotten attacked by some guy who said something to him as he came off the train. Apparently the guy called him a slur and then threw him to the ground, and started kicking him repeatedly.”
Rezaie’s injuries left him with metal screws in his jaw and the joint wired shut. He will need to live with the apparatus for at least a month while he heals.
Police have not announced suspects in the attack.
Friends of Rezaie have launched crowdfunding to help offset the cost of his medical expenses. At the time of this writing, it has raised over $13,000 with a goal of $15,000.