MANHATTAN – Just over twenty four hours after a 29-year-old man was stabbed over and over outside an Upper East Side subway station, leaving him in a pool of blood as Good Samaritans frantically tried to stop the bleeding, we got a look at the suspect dressed in all black who police say rode up on a bicycle and attacked the victim without provocation. Now, we’re seeing the horrific attack itself as well.
Around 3:00 pm Friday afternoon, NYPD officers were seen posting fliers on the street corners at the intersection of East 63rd Street and Third Avenue— where the gruesome scene had unfolded a day earlier— offering up to a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the attacker.
Surveillance images on the reward fliers show the suspect wearing all black with a black ski mask covering nearly his whole face, knife in hand and ready to attack.
Then, early on Saturday morning, investigators released disturbing video showing the horrific attack unfold.
First, the suspect is seen casually getting off his bike and walking toward the subway entrance on East 63rd Street, then the video jumps to the victim frantically trying to defend himself against the assault with a deadly weapon.
The 29-year-old victim can be seen quickly moving backwards as the attacker lunges with his blade.
The unprovoked, broad daylight stabbing happened around 1:50 pm Thursday afternoon outside an entrance to the 63rd Street-Lexington Avenue subway station located near Third Avenue, police say.
The suspect snuck up from behind and pounced on the 29-year-old victim, according to investigators.
Upper East Site’s exclusive photos show the chaos in the seconds after the bloodshed began, as one Good Samaritan used the shirt off his own back to try and stop the torrent of blood coming from the man’s multiple knife wounds in his back and left arm— others used paper napkins in a futile effort.
Police say the 29-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition.
Also seen is the surveillance images is suspect’s all black electric bicycle with a basket on the rear, which police say he used to ride up to the victim and make a quick escape.
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The suspect took off on his electric bike southbound on Third Avenue after the attack, police say, apparently riding against traffic to make his getaway.
If you have any information that can help police track down the stabber, please contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477. All calls are strictly confidential.