Defendant Sentenced in Subway Hate Crime


A 54-year-old Harlem man was sentenced on Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on a charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime following a train altercation in 2018.

Judge Suzanne J. Melendez gave East Harlem native, Allasheed Allah, 1 to 3 years in the slammer after he pleaded guilty in October to attacking and yelling homophobic slurs to a 20-year-old woman on a Manhattan bound E-Train last year.

According to the indictment, shortly after 5 p.m. on November 20, 2018, at the 71 Avenue Subway Station in Forest Hills the defendant began to argue with a 20-year-old woman on the train. The victim was on the train with a female friend, who kissed her on the cheek. Seeing this, Allah yelled, “Kiss her again you, dyke bitch!” and followed the pair as they exited the train.

“Kiss her again, you dyke bitch!” Allah repeated.

Allah followed the two women after they exited the train,  walked behind the victim and struck her once in the head and chest, shoving her into a nearby pole. The contact caused the woman to hit both the pole and the floor. As a result of the attack, the victim sustained multiple injuries to both her head and back. The victim has recovered from the injury, Acting DA John M.Ryan said.

According to the charges, when questioned by police, the defendant admitted to pushing the victim because she was “disrespecting me with all that gay (expletive).”

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