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Transgender Woman Sexually Assaulted At Gunpoint In Midtown Hotel, Say Police

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Police are searching for the men in this photo in connection with the sexual assault of a transgender woman in a Midtown hotel early Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2013. | NYPD

By Alan Neuhauser, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — At least three men sexually assaulted a screaming transgender woman at gunpoint after a fight erupted over money in their Midtown hotel room early Thursday morning, police said.

The attack occurred about 2:15 a.m. in a hotel on 57th Street, in the Midtown North Precinct, according to the NYPD.

The woman, 27, was in the hotel room with one of the men, but she kicked him out after an argument, cops said. The man returned moments later, carrying a gun, and he brought two other men with him.

The three men then sexually assaulted the victim as one brandished the firearm and threatened to shoot the woman if she did not stop screaming, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance images of three suspects, but cops added it remained unclear whether there were additional men involved in the attack.

The suspects fled after the assault, police said. The woman was transported to Roosevelt Hospital with bruises and abrasions.

The first man was described as 5-foot-9 and bald, with a Chinese character tattooed on his chest. His accomplices were described as only as 18- to 28-year-old men.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Members of the public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.

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Transgender Woman Sexually Assaulted at Gunpoint in Midtown Hotel: Police