Man charged with hate crime attack on transgender women in Queens

JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens (WABC) -- A man faces hate crime charges after being accused of attacking two transgender women in Queens.

Police say 38-year-old Patrick O'Meara got into an argument with the two women outside a McDonald's in Jackson Heights on Friday.

Police say he hit one of them with a cane and punched the other while yelling anti-gay slurs.

One victim was taken to the hospital where doctors treated and released her.

Court records show O'Meara was being held on $5,000 bond after being arraigned Saturday on hate-crime assault and other charges.


(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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