Call it a real case of Sunday scaries. NYPD officers raced to the corner of East 96th Street and Second Avenue just after dark on Sunday, after a man was stabbed with a pair of scissors near the bustling Upper East Side subway station entrance, police confirm to Upper East Site.
The call for help came just before 6:00 pm, according to investigators, after the 29-year-old suspect and the victim, a 44-year-old man, got into an argument steps from bustling UES subway station. The dispute escalated, police say, and victim reported that the suspect punched him in the face, then plunged a pair of scissors into his right hand — leaving a bleeding, open wound.
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FDNY officials tell Upper East Site the stabbing victim was taken by paramedics to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, cops flooded the UES intersection and quickly arrested the suspect, identified by police as 29-year-old Maria Sanchez of Queens. Sanchez, who does not have any prior criminal history, now faces charges of assault, as well as criminal possession of a weapon for the scissors.
It’s believed that Sanchez and victim had a prior relationship, though, police did not specify its nature.
Shortly after the assault, NYPD officers were seen investigating a car double-parked on East 96th Street, which had no driver inside. The blue sedan appeared to be a loaner car from a Queens car dealership. The words ‘BMW of BAYSIDE’ were written large on the car’s rear window.
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Violence is surging on the Upper East Side, out-pacing the rest of the city to start the new year. According to NYPD crime reporting data, felony assaults on the UES are up nearly 24% compared to the same time period last year. Citywide that figure sits at just 11%.
Earlier this month, a low-flying NYPD helicopter circled the Upper East Side, waking residents during an early morning search for 38-year-old domestic violence suspect who police say pulled a gun on his 40-year-old girlfriend and threatened her before stealing her car and escaping.
Specially-trained Domestic Violence Prevention Officers and Victim Advocates are available at the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, located at 153 East 67th Street on the Upper East Side. They can also be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling (212) 452-0663.
Survivors of domestic and gender-based violence can also call New York City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-621-HOPE, for assistance with emergency shelter, temporary housing and other supportive services.
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