New York Police are now investigating the recent beating of Randy Gener, an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), as a possible hate crime.
On January 17, Randy was attacked in Midtown, a block away from his apartment. He had just left a party around 4 a.m. and was on his way home near West 54th and 7th Avenue. Police found Randy lying on the ground with severe head wounds. Emergency crews transported Randy to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Police said a man struck Randy in the face, causing him to fall and injure his head. Police released a sketch of a suspect, described by authorities as a man in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and about 160 pounds.
Various news outlets quoted police as saying the suspect was last seen wearing black jeans and a black jacket. Police said the man left the scene in a gray, four-door Nissan with Mississippi license plate “KAT 397.”
Anyone with information on the case should call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-8477.
A vigil was held Sunday (Jan. 26th) to gather and show support for Randy and as a call for more information to bring the attacker to justice. A second vigil is scheduled for 7pm tonight (Jan. 27th) at the Philippine Center in New York followed by an update by the NYPD’s LGBT liaison.
“I’m shocked and horrified. Randy is an active member who always lends his hand to help.” says AAJA National President Paul Cheung. “Our thoughts are with Randy for a speedy recovery and for the NYPD to apprehend the attacker soon.”
“Randy is a great journalist, a true champion of the arts, and one of NLGJA’s nicest members. We are shocked and saddened by this horrible incident and hope for his quick recovery,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen. “We also hope someone will come forward with information to help the police catch whoever did this.”
Randy was the 2010 NLGJA Journalist of the Year. He is the U.S. editor of Critical Stages and has worked for The New York Times, the New York Daily News, National Public Radio and many other news organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Randy’s family and friends has set up a website to help cover the Randy’s medical expenses.
Latest coverage of Randy’s attack
- ABC7: Police investigating possible Midtown bias attack on gay journalist
- New York Daily News: Journalist brutally beaten in possible Midtown hate crime, undergoes brain surgery
- CBS: NYPD Releases Sketch Of Suspect Wanted In Beating Of Journalist Randy Gener