A 23-year old woman was slashed in the chest and hand in Times Square early Friday morning when a stranger lashed out after she ignored his catcalls, police said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was visiting Manhattan from Michigan and leaving ‘Restaurant Row’ in Midtown, around West 46th Street and Eighth Avenue, around 4.30am with a friend when the man began shouting crude remarks, according to the New York Daily News.
Her friend told the stranger to leave her alone, but he grew enraged and followed them before approaching the woman from behind a slicing her across the chest and hand with an unknown sharp object, police said.
The woman refused medical attention at the scene, but later went to an urgent care to treat her wounds, the New York Daily News reported. She is now recovering from her injuries.
Surveillance images released by cops shows the assailant, who fled down ninth Avenue, to be a dark-skinned man in black clothing. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating him.
Surveillance footage reveals the man who slashed a 23-year-old woman who ignored his catcalls in Times Square early Friday morning
The man fled the scene on Ninth Avenue and police are still looking for him
The woman, whose name was not released, was leaving ‘Restaurant Row’ in Midtown (pictured) when the assailant first approached her
The incident comes a week after a United States Marine was struck by a stray bullet in Times Square after CD vendors got in a fight and one opened fire, as seen in surveillance footage.
The footage, released by the New York Police Department on Monday, shows a man in a mostly red sweater walking backwards on a sidewalk at around 5.15pm.
As he shoots, nearby pedestrians run for their lives. The gunman can then be seen fleeing the scene, eastbound, toward Sixth Avenue.
Police said the shooting broke out when a group of five or six CD vendors started arguing under the Marriott Marquis sign on West 45th Street, and one pulled out a gun.
United States Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, was struck by a stray bullet in the attack and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He is stable, according to a police report.
Poulin, who was visiting the city from Northville in upstate New York to attend a baptism, was walking with his family at the time when he was hit in the back by the bullet.
Live 5 News reported that he recently graduated from the Citadel, and was treated by paramedics on the scene.
‘He was standing up,’ said another tourist Sydney Santana. ‘He was talking and then they put him on a stretcher and took him on.’
Both incidents mark the latest in a bloody summer as violent crime continues to spike in the Big Apple, jumping by a quarter over the past year, according to police data. Shootings in New York City have surged by 43 percent in the past year, while murders are up 12 percent.
New surveillance footage shows the moment a man opened fire in Times Square Sunday night
United States Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, was struck by a stray bullet in the attack
Last Monday, Mayor Bill De Blasio said he is increasing police presence in the area
Felony assaults and murders in New York City have gone up this year compared to the same period in 2020, according to NYPD data
Last Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is increasing police presence in the area.
‘Now, we’ve seen patterns in Times Square that we are going to address very, very aggressively,’ he said in a news conference, introducing his new Times Square Safety Plan.
The plan would include the deployment of 50 more officers to the area ‘to make sure that anyone who goes to Times Square knows they’re safe.’
The plan, which went into effect immediately after last Sunday’s shooting, includes the deployment of ‘dozens’ more police officers, some of whom will be in plain clothes, to engage with street vendors.
They would ensure the vendors are not engaging in ‘aggressive panhandling,’ NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison said, and would make sure they are not threatening pedestrians.
It would be in addition to the officers the NYPD previously deployed to the area last month, de Blasio said.
‘We are going to flood the area with additional police officers,’ de Blasio said, adding later: ‘There’s no question in my mind this is going to work.’