Investigators said John Matthews, 34, got into a verbal argument with an unnamed woman at around 3:35 a.m. outside of Play Sports Bar in Annadale. He allegedly proceeded to attack her and a passerby who tried to help the woman. Credit: NYPD
Cops are on the lookout a man suspected in the brutal attack of two people in Staten Island on Friday morning, choking a woman and stabbing a would-be rescuer in the back with a screwdriver.
Investigators said John Matthews, 34, got into a verbal argument with an unnamed woman at around 3:35 a.m. outside of Play Sports Bar in Annadale.
At some point, the argument turned physical, which Matthews allegedly striking and choking the woman. A 36-year-old man drove by the bar and witness the attack before police said he parked his car to help the woman.
The man's intervention reportedly led to Matthews pulling a screwdriver from his pants pocket before he drove it in the male victim's back multiple times.
Matthews then fled the scene in a 2003 four-door burgundy Lexus G3300.
Emergency workers rushed the male victim to Staten Island University Hospital — North and treated for his injuries. The female victim refused medical attention.
Police said Matthews, known to frequent New Jersey and Arizona, might have switched his car's New York State license plate.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on Matthews or his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or to submit tips online.