A group of women were approached by a “very flirty” man as they left from a night out in a club. After being told that the women were girlfriends, the man proceeded to make a homophobic remark about them.
This was followed by the man punching one of the women, breaking the jaw of the victim.
The victim, 21, was taken to hospital and treated for facial injuries upon arrival.
A Met Police 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.”
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.
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This is being treated as sexual assault, according to a Met Police spokesperson.
Police were called to Piccadilly Circus on Monday (November 1) at about 2.15am after reports that two women were attacked.
CCTV has since been released which shows the man who police are now looking for as part of the investigation.
Anyone with information is advised to call 101, quoting 694/01nov, or anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers