A New York City man narrowly missed being crushed beneath a subway train after a hammer-wielding attacker making homophobic comments fought with and then tossed a 21-year-old straphanger onto the tracks before fleeing the station, officials said.
The victim told police he was waiting on the northbound platform when a man began making anti-gay statements to him and then attempted to hit him with a hammer -- but missed.
"The individual continued to struggle with the victim and threw him onto the train track," police said.
A group of Good Samaritans nearby were able to alert the motorman to stop the arriving train and prevent a potential tragedy. The 21-year-old was then helped back up onto the platform.
The NYPD on Tuesday released a sketch of the suspect wanted in the attack.
The 21-year-old victim, who was not identified, was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was treated for lacerations and contusions to his head, according to the NYPD.
The NYPD's hate-crime task force is investigating.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. Police said that all calls are strictly confidential.