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New Haven Police Continue to Investigate Potential Hate Crime

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Police continue to investigate a potential hate crime that happened in New Haven earlier this month, and they are looking to speak with anyone who was involved or who saw anything.

The victim, a Hispanic man, was attacked near the Yale University campus early on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 3.

New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson said the victim was attacked around 12:16 a.m. in the area of 284 York St. and suffered serious injuries, possibly including a broken jaw.

Jacobson, Yale Police Chief Anthony Campbell and New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker held a news briefing Friday afternoon to provide an update and they are calling for anyone with information to come forward.

"We're not going to say they are either witnesses or potentially suspects but we just need to talk to these individuals," Jacobson said.

Video was collected from Yale campus cameras along York Street, tracking the group to the Broadway parking lot.

The incident happened outside a Yale dorm, but the victim was not a student, and it's unknown if the people wanted for questioning are students either. But Yale students said there should be larger conversations about making sure this doesn't happen again.

"We really should as a community of Yale, and also part of New Haven, should learn and be educated about how we can future mitigate these assaults from happening," student Cici Xu said.

Yale Police Chief Anthony Campbell said releasing video and pictures helped in the case of racial graffiti found on a campus construction site last year.

"Our detectives were able to verify who these individuals were, and we were able to make arrests on all of the individuals involved in this case, this is what we’re hoping will be a similar result," Campbell said.

Anyone with information is being asked to come forward.

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