Police have released photos of the suspect wanted for slashing a man's face late Saturday afternoon on Sixth Street just east of Cooper Square.
[EVG photo from Sunday]
The NYPD said that the suspect is an Asian male between 20-30 years old, 5-3 and 150 pounds. He was said to be wearing a dark-colored coat and a dark-colored skull cap. He did not take anything from the victim.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Anthony Christopher-Smith, a social worker from Newark, N.J., was walking east on Sixth Street to meet a friend for a meal when someone came up from behind him, shoved him down and cursed. Per the Post: "The attacker cut his face and back with a knife while screaming, 'Fuck you! Fuck you!'"
According to published reports, Smith underwent eight hours of surgery, and needed nearly 150 stitches for the wound from his right ear to his lips. He has partial paralysis on the right side of his face because several nerves were severed. Doctors told reporters that Smith should make a full recovery and he'll be able to smile again in about six to nine months after physical therapy.
He was released from Bellevue last night. Smith said this about the suspect to NBC 4:
"I hope somebody gets him. He needs to be either in the psych ward or at Rikers, or somewhere, but you know, there's someone who's clearly deranged on the streets and I hope they get him."
CBS 2 has more with Smith here.
Update 5:33 p.m.
There's now a reward for information in this case. Details here.
The NYPD also released part of a surveillance video...
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.
The police have made an arrest in the case.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Man's face cut in random slashing on East 6th Street