BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A man was slashed in the face with a razor blade in Washington Square Park’s troubled western side Thursday afternoon, according to police.
The broad-daylight attack occurred around 6 p.m. as the victim — a 49-year-old man from the Bronx — sat on a bench in or near the park’s southwestern corner. Police said the attack happened across from 1 Washington Square South, which is New York University School of Law’s Vanderbilt Hall.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. A police spokesperson did not have information on how many stitches were needed to close the gash on his face.
The unknown assailant was described as a male wearing a red shirt and “multicolored headgear.”
Whether the attacker and the victim knew each other was not immediately clear, according to the spokesperson, who said the investigation is ongoing.
Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards. All tips are strictly confidential.