New York Daily News

Bias is eyed in face-burn evil

- Kerry Burke, Rocco Parascando­la and John Annese

AT LEAST two attackers poured scalding liquid on a panhandler’s face during a brutal beating in the Bronx that police are probing as a possible bias crime, the Daily News has learned.

The victim, a 50-year-old black man, was holding the door at a CFSC check-cashing store on W. Kingsbridg­e Ave. in Marble Hill at 8:55 p.m. Sunday night, asking for change, police sources said.

That’s when two Hispanic men came out a bodega and started talking with him. They walked the man down Kingsbridg­e to Davidson Ave., and then attacked, sources said.

They beat him and poured the liquid on his face, and allegedly called him a n-----, sources said.

“He’s burned, really burned. He has second-degree burns on his face. He’s pretty messed up. It’s hard to believe that’s just water,” a police source said.

The victim told cops he was attacked by three men, but surveillan­ce video shows only two suspects so far, sources said.

The victim then staggered back up Davidson.

“He was walking down the street. His face was white. All his skin was gone,” said Fode Soumah, 31, a sidewalk vendor who sells hats and scarves nearby. “He was yelling for someone to call him an ambulance.”

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