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Transgender Woman Attacked Twice in One Night in Jackson Heights, Police Seek Suspect

David Gozalez (NYPD)

July 9, 2019 By Christian Murray

The police are looking for a man who allegedly attacked a transgender woman with pepper spray in Jackson Heights last month—just hours after the victim had been attacked in a similar incident by a hate-filled woman.

David Gozalez, 34, allegedly attacked Bianey Garcia, 29, with pepper spray at around 4:18 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Roosevelt Ave. and 82nd Street, according to police. Garcia was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition to treat her eyes.

The incident came shortly after Garcia was attacked at 2:35 a.m. in the same area in Jackson Heights.

In that incident, a man and a woman allegedly started shouting anti-transgender slurs at Garcia and a friend.

The woman, later identified as Paola Custodio of Elmhurst, then sprayed Garcia with a substance believed to have been pepper spray, according to police.

Custodio, 24, was arrested soon after and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

The police were unable to confirm whether Gozalez was the man who accompanied Custodio at the time of the first attack.

David Gozalez is described as being 34 years of age and about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to Gonzalez’ whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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Pat Macnamara

There is job for this person at the library when drag queens read childrens books to impressionable gender decision making toddlers

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Pat Macnamaracist leave Giuliani out of this

He was our mayor and served dutifully, his choice of which gender of clothing he wants to wear is his choice,

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Pat Macnamaracist leave Giuliani out of this

He was there for our country when we needed himn

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No...not Giuliani

The victim was a marginalized person who was the victim of a hate crime…please keep your political silliness to yourself….being the victim of a violent hate crime is not a joke…and if Giuliani was still Mayor these scumbags would be locked up for a long time…oh wait “mass incarceration”….guess we gotta decriminalize and let them go…my bad

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