Hate crimes

NYC Suspect Who Allegedly Threatened to "Punch the First White Man" He Saw Denies Race Played a Role in Beating Death of 62-Year-Old White Man

Says he's punched people of other races too

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

Lashawn Marten, who is black, told the Daily News in a jailhouse interview Thursday he's punched people of various races and doesn't target anyone.