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Lashawn Marten, Suspect In Fatal Union Square Assault, Denies Racial Bias

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NEW YORK — A man police say punched a 62-year-old New York City man in a park after threatening to "punch the first white man" he saw denies race played a role in the assault.

Lashawn Marten told the Daily News ( ) in a jailhouse interview Thursday he's punched people of various races and doesn't target anyone. http://nydn.us/18gXdbW

Authorities say Jeffrey Babbitt died after he was struck, fell backward and hit his head last week in Union Square Park.

Babbitt is white. Marten is black.

The 31-year-old Marten declined to discuss details of the alleged attack but asked to see an autopsy report and a death certificate.

Marten is being held on an assault charge, but upgraded charges are possible.

A lawyer for Marten was not immediately available for comment.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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