…A 33-year-old man was walking along West 88th Street near Columbus when a male suspect pressed a sharp object to his back and demanded the contents of his pockets, police said.The suspect then stabbed the victim in the upper back and ran off with his Kindle and headphones, police said. The victim was taken to St.Luke’s Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Thursday’s attack was the latest in a string of random slashing and stabbings across New York City. Police are also looking for three teens who they say were with another teen accused of slashing 25-year-old Bobby Barbot in the face while he was working as a busboy at a Greenwich Village restaurant.Investigators said the teen, who was seen on surveillance video, was inside the Silver Spurs restaurant on Laguardia Place Wednesday night going table to table asking for donations, claiming to raise money for a basketball team. When Barbot asked him to leave, police said he came back with a box cutter and slashed Barbot in the face.His girlfriend rushed to the hospital, where Barbot received 137 stitches on his face.“He didn’t expect the guy to, you know, just slice him,” Nicole Fontanez said. “It just happened very quickly.
”There was another slashing just blocks away Thursday afternoon at Layfayette and Prince Street in SoHo.It happened in front of Supreme, a popular skateboard and clothing store as long line of people waited to get in and shop. Witnesses said the 21-year-old victim had just finished up in the store when there was some kind of altercation, possibly an armed robbery or an argument about him cutting the line, when he was slashed.“It was like some controversy down here and next thing you see him walking down here and he has blood all over his face and you can see that from the corner of his nose to almost his ear that his face was slashed open,” said witness Devin Harris.T here was another incident earlier this week. A livery cab driver was cut Tuesday morning after getting into an argument with a passenger.
In all, there have now been more than 21 slashings since mid-December in the city. Jaime Carcana is one of those victims. She was attacked on the morning of Jan. 15 outside her Lower East Side apartment building by a man who she believes was homeless.“To this day I’m in fear if he’s released and he comes back here,” she told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. “What am I supposed to do?”Despite the number of slashings and stabbings, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the streets of New York are “safer than ever.”