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Man stabbed in Washington Square Park in ‘pot deal gone bad’

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated Aug. 23, 4:30 p.m.: A man was knifed inside Washington Square Park after its curfew early Monday morning, police said.

According to police spokespersons, the victim — a 31-year-old Brooklyn man — was stabbed from the side in his right shoulder at 2:11 a.m. He was taken for treatment to Bellevue Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

The victim was reportedly walking through the park when he was approached by two individuals who asked if he wanted to buy marijuana from them. After negotiating a price, the man turned and walked away — but one of the other two guys approached him from behind and stabbed him.

“I guess they were unhappy that he did not want to buy their product,” a police spokesperson said.

The perpetrators were described as two Hispanic males. One had a slim build. The other was “somewhat heavyset” and sported a band-aid on his hand.

There was no information provided on exactly where in the park the attack occurred. On Friday evening, the Parks Department closed off the park’s northwest corner, which has basically been Washington Square’s “drug corner,” where people openly use crack and heroin.

In July, a man was slashed in the face while sitting in the park’s southwest corner.

Also in July, a park supervisor was beaten up near the restrooms by alleged pot vendors in a dispute over a table, leaving the park worker with a broken nose and needing 16 stitches to close gashes on his face.

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