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East Village laundromat customer slashed in neck in random attack

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Wash, rinse, spin — slash.

Police said a customer was gashed across the neck inside an East Village laundry place on Wed., May 17, around 8:43 p.m.

According to cops, the 37-year-old victim was inside Wash Rite Laundromat, at 112 E. Fourth St., between First and Second Avenues, when an unidentified male approached him from behind and sliced him with an unknown object.

The assailant then fled on foot, heading southbound on First Avenue, then eastbound on Third Street. The victim was transported by E.M.S. to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition.

According to a police spokesperson, the victim did not know the slasher, and it was apparently a random attack.

The suspect is described as having a slim build and curly hair and standing around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and gray shorts.

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,, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential. Tips can result in rewards of up to $3,500.


  1. Cooper Union parent Cooper Union parent June 6, 2023

    This is my son’s neighborhood, a Cooper Union student. Carolina Rivera, Brad Hoylman, Dan Goldman, Chuck Schumer we need your help.

  2. Carol from East 5th Street Carol from East 5th Street May 26, 2023

    Uh oh. My laundromat. Probably someone from the shelter on East 3rd Street. So many mentally ill on the streets.
    This all goes back to Republican President Ronald Reagan withdrawing federal funding to hospitals for the mentally ill. Never ever hear it discussed by either Republicans or Democrats to reinstate. Sad commentary on how our tax dollars are spent.

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