SHEEPSHEAD BAY - A Sheepshead Bay man died Monday after being attacked by a complete stranger in Manhattan.

Authorities say Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, was walking in Union Square at around 3 p.m. last Wednesday when he was beaten. He fell to the pavement, cracked his skull and was rushed to the hospital.

Sources say police have arrested a suspect, who apparently shouted racial slurs before attacking Babbitt. The case is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Friends say Babbitt leaves behind a mother in her 90s, who he took care of for most of his life.