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Arrest made in Astor Place random slashing

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Police have made an arrest in a random slashing that saw a man sliced on the back of his neck at Astor Place on the afternoon of Thurs., June 6.

On Sat., June 8, after an investigation, Steven Johnson, 35, was arrested within the East Village’s 9th Precinct. He was charged with attempted murder and assault. Police listed his residence as the E. 30th Street Men’s Shelter on First Avenue in Kips Bay.

The Daily News reported the victim was a tech entrepreneur originally from England, who quipped in a now-deleted tweet on X: “I got stabbed in an unprovoked attack during New York Tech Week… . I’m fine and out of surgery. A bit of neck pain and will have a hefty scar but I’ll recover.”

According to cops, on Thurs., June 6, around 5:20 p.m., in front of 26 Astor Place, the large, reflective-glass-sided, “Sculpture for Living” tower at the intersection’s southern plaza, the defendant raked an unknown sharp object across the back of a 30-year-old man’s neck.

The victim was transported by EMS to Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for a large laceration on his neck and shoulder area and was reported in stable condition.

A police spokesperson previously told The Village Sun the motive for the attack — and whether it was provoked or not — was not immediately known. But she said there was no prior relationship between the victim and the assailant.

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