Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the violent attack on a gay journalist in Midtown earlier this month and are seeking the public's help in identifying the alleged attacker. The victim, Randy Gener, 46, remains in intensive care at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
The suspect is a six-foot-tall, 160-pound Hispanic male, who left the scene driving a grey four-door Nissan with Mississippi plates.
Gener was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nevada and had lived in New York for over two decades. He's written extensively about theater and LGBT issues, and is active in the Fil-Am Press Club.
At 3 a.m. on January 17, the NYPD received a call about an unconscious male near 840 7th Avenue. Officers found Gener on the ground and later said he was suffering from a traumatic head injury as a result of striking his head on the ground after being punched.
Gener doesn't remember anything about the incident, according to his sister Jessica Blair-Driessler, who is with with him in the hospital. "We've come to a point today where he's conscious and able to eat, and certainly still has a long road of recovery," she said.
Gener has written and spoken about gay issues as well as arts and theater. Monette Rivera, president of the Fil-Am Press Club, calls Gener a "selfless, loving person."
She'll be among those attending a prayer rally for Gener, Monday at the Filipino consulate at 7 p.m.