18 Apr 2013 04:11 PM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Applebee’s at 610 Exterior St. in the Bronx (Image Source: Google Maps Street View Screenshot)
A man in the Bronx was beaten outside of an Applebee’s restaurant Monday night by a group of men spouting anti-Muslim slurs, police say.
Abdullah Faruque, 30, was smoking a cigarette outside the restaurant at 610 Exterior Street when he was attacked. He allegedly told reporters that he believed the attack was some form of retaliation for the Boston Marathon bombing, though the NYPD could not confirm his claim, DNAinfo.com reports.
“I saw the news, and then it hits me: That’s why I got jumped,” Faruque explained to the New York Post.
The Bangladesh native who was raised in the Bronx was approached by the group at approximately 11:30 p.m., according to police. According to the Post, Faruque told the men he was not Arab, but one of the men in the group replied, “Yeah, he’s a f-cking Arab.”
One man in the group then punched Faruque in the face and continued his attack while shouting anti-Muslim comments. According to the NYPD, the victim refused medical attention.
Police are now searching for one of the attackers, who they describe as being in his early 20s. Those with information are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).