Mother and daughter mistaken for lesbian couple and attacked

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A woman and and her mother were mistaken for a lesbian couple and attacked whilst having dinner.

Tiffany Santiago, 27, was eating a late-night dinner with her mother when fellow customers started to shout anti-gay slurs and throw things at them.

“We kept hearing the word ‘lesbian’ said over and over again,” Ms Santiago told CBS2.

“Me and my mom look very similar in age, and so I think me with the short hair, and my mom’s really tall – she’s like five-eight; she’s a big lady.”

“I think they thought we were on a date.”

The group – consisting of two women and one man – then forced Santiago to the ground and dragged her by her legs.

Fortunately, her mother was not physically attacked.

“He threw me across the restaurant,” she said.

“I don’t even know how far I went, but I went through tables, chairs, glasses.”

Ms Santiago was later treated at hospital – where she received six stitches in her knee.

She still has to walk with a cane and said it would be several days before she could go back to work as a veterinary technician.

Police are searching for a white balding man in his mid-40s, and two white women in their mid-30s.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is also investigating.

Watch the CBS2 report below.