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Police Searching For Attacker In Brutal Assault On Transgender Woman

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Dec. 15, 2015 Staff Report

Police are searching for the man who beat up his transgender girlfriend so badly she had to be taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Tomas Rivera, 29, is suspected of assaulting his 35-year-old girlfriend on Nov. 29 at 4 a.m., slamming her head into the sidewalk, according to police.

The assault followed a verbal dispute, which took place in front of 37-50 93rd St.

As the Jackson Heights Post previously reported, the victim in this assault is a transgender woman whose given name was Ricardo Sal but goes by the name Kathy. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital to receive treatment for facial and cranium fractures and bleeding in the brain. She was also put on a respirator.

She is listed in critical, but stable, condition, according to police.

Rivera, who also goes by “Jorge,” is described as a Hispanic male who is 5’6” and 220 pounds, according to the NYPD.

The NYPD released Rivera’s name and photo on Friday, but as of Tuesday there are no updates if he has been located and no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing, according to the NYPD.

The attack is not considered a hate crime, but a domestic incident.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

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