Slashing Near Campus, Suspect on the Run
An unidentified woman in lower Manhattan was slashed in the face by a man in a black ski mask at 65 Broadway early this evening, just blocks from King’s campus. The slash occurred during former President Bill Clinton’s visit to the United Federation of Teachers, housed at 52 Broadway, and electrified the street with curious locals, confused tourists and busy police officers.
Police have not released any information about the assailant who fled the scene shortly thereafter, whose identity has yet to be determined.
The victim was rushed to the hospital after being treated by EMS at the scene. The extent of her injuries are currently unclear. Police say it appears to be a random attack.
This is the latest in a puzzling line of slashings that have swept the city since earlier this year. By late February, there had been a dozen slashings this year, reported Fox News last month. Most of those attacks occurred on subway stations, in neighborhoods like Brooklyn and the Bronx.
It’s the first time such an attack has unfolded on a heavily populated street in Lower Manhattan, during one of the busiest times of the day.
“I never thought this would happen,” lamented Robin Ellis, 52, a long-time resident of New York City who was at the scene but did not see the slashing occur. “It’s terrible. We have to look out for each other.”