Gay Bar Patron Drugged and Sexually Assaulted
A patron at a popular gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen was sexually assaulted by a man who forcefully used the club drug known as “poppers” on him, knocking him out, police said.
The 25-year-old victim told investigators that he had just left Boxers Sports Bar on Ninth Avenue and West 50th Street at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a strange man suddenly grabbed him from behind and shoved the inhalant drug in his face, cops said.
The assaulter said, “Hey, come here!” before grabbing the victim on West 50th Street, police said.
Sometime later when the victim partly regained consciousness, the man was sexually assaulting him inside a car at a location the victim could not identify, cops said.
The next thing the victim remembers is fully waking up at a bus stop near West 110th Street, he told police.
The victim then took himself to Wyckoff Medical Center in Brooklyn, cops said.
Poppers is a slang term for a variety of alkyl nitrites solutions and are typically taken as fumes inhaled straight from small bottles.
A Boxers Sports Bar rep did not immediately return a request for comment.
It’s unclear if the attacker was also a patron at the three-level bar.