Teen Charged With Hate Crime in Attack on Sikh Man in Queens: Police

A teen has been arrested and faces a hate crime charge in connection to an attack on a 70-year-old Sikh man in Queens, police said.

Vernon Douglas was arrested Thursday after investigators said he approached the victim, who was dressed in tradition Sikh clothing, and punched him in the face unprovoked just before 7 p.m. near 95th Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill on April 3.

The victim, identified by the Sikh Coalition as Nirmal Singh, suffered a broken nose and bruises to his face.

Douglas, 19, faces a slew of charges including hate crime assault, robbery, and aggravated harassment. Attorney information for the Brooklyn teen was

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