Southampton Town police are investigating an alleged hate crime in Riverside during which a woman was allegedly attacked with verbal slurs over her sexual orientation, pushed, and hit.
According to Southampton Town police, a complaintant reported that on Jan. 24 at 12:07 a.m. she was at the Valero gas station at the Riverside traffic circle when she was allegedly attacked by several male subjects after she asked one for a cigarette.
Police said the men grabbed the victim by the face and shoved her backwards into a parked car, causing pain to her back and neck. The men, police said, attempted to hit the woman and uttered obscenities against the victim's sexual orientation and appearance during the altercation.
The victim sought medical attention the following day at Peconic Bay Medical Center, where police said she was diagnosed with head, neck and back trauma.
The incident was referred to the Southampton Town Police department's detective division for a follow-up investigation.