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Man stabbed while sleeping in East River Park

Police said that on Tues., Dec. 24, around 4:30 a.m., a man stabbed a 38-year-old male victim multiple times while he slept on a bench in East River Park, at E. 10th St. and the F.D.R. Drive.

When the victim woke up, the assailant covered his face with a black ski mask and ran out of the park. The alleged stabber crossed over a footbridge, took off his mask and smiled at the victim as he fled into the Jacob Riis Houses public-housing development, the wounded man told cops.

The victim, who suffered stab wounds to his back and left arm, was removed by E.M.S. medics to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

A surveillance-camera image of the alleged East River Park stabber. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The suspect is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds and 25 to 35 years old, and last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, gray sweatpants and light-colored sneakers.

Apparently, the suspect also committed a burglary in the East Village four days later. Two photos (see top of page) that police released of the stabbing suspect were the same ones that they released of the suspect in connection with a Dec. 28 burglary on E. Second St.

Police provided a video of the alleged suspect, above. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Police Department’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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM and on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

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