An investigation is underway after an apparent hate crime in which a woman's vehicle was struck by a pickup truck in which two men yelled racial slurs, New York State police said.
It happened in Putnam on Monday, June 8 at about 5:30 a.m.
The victim, a Hispanic woman, was sleeping in her vehicle on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 84 in the town of Southeast near the Route 312 exit.
She was approached by the two men who yelled the slurs directed at her, according to state police.
The men were operating an older model, two-tone black and silver Chevrolet pickup truck. As the victim attempted to drive away, her vehicle was struck by the pickup truck, police said.
The photo above, released by state police, is of a 1999-2003 Chevrolet black-and-silver pickup truck that is not the actual vehicle, but similar.
No information regarding the type of vehicle license plate number was obtained by the victim. No injuries were sustained by the victim, and the suspect vehicle fled westbound on I-84.
The first suspect is described as being Caucasian, in his mid-40s, with a husky build, copper-colored beard, blond hair, thick brimmed dark-colored glasses, a green button-up shirt and baggy blue jeans.
The second suspect is described also being Caucasian, possibly in his mid-20s, with a skinny build, wearing a green tank top, and had a tattoo of the letters “Ang” located on his left wrist.
Anyone with information regarding the possible identity or location of the described suspects is asked to please contact the New York State Police in Brewster at (845) 677-7300.
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