Police are urgently trying to track down a man who punched a woman in the face while trying to get her number.
Officers were called to a location near Piccadilly Circus on Monday (November 1) at about 2.15am following reports of two women being attacked.
According to a detective, the women were leaving a nightclub when they were approached by a “very flirty” man who tried to get their numbers.
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Upon being told the women were girlfriends, the man made a homophobic remark before punching one of the women, leaving her with a fractured jaw.
The 21-year-old victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for facial injuries over the course of several days.
A second woman, also 21, was smacked on the bottom by a second unknown man – a Met Police spokesperson confirmed this has been recorded as a sexual assault.
Police have released CCTV images of a suspect they wish to speak to in relation to the investigation.
A met spokesperson said: “The suspect for the punch is described as a tall, muscular Black man, who spoke with what may have been an American accent.
“He was wearing a black bomber jacket with a large logo or other graphic on the back.”
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Detective Sergeant Mo Osman of Central West CID said: “After leaving a nightclub in the West End, the two women had been approached by a man in the street, whom they described as being ‘very flirty’ and trying to get their phone numbers.
“When told that the pair were girlfriends, in an attempt to dissuade him from harassing them, the man made a homophobic remark.
“During a subsequent altercation, the man punched one of the women in the face with sufficient force to knock her to the floor resulting in a fractured jaw.
“It is highly likely that this man will have approached other women and girls in the West End.
“Given the level of violence used it is vital that he is identified and traced. If you know who he is, please contact police.”
Anyone with information is advised to call 101, quoting 694/01nov, or anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.
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