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December 16 2015

Man wearing surgical mask slashes teen's face in Queens: Police

The exchange student was attacked while walking to school in Whitestone.

Police released photos and video of the suspect in the Queens slashing.  

Police released photos and video of the suspect in the Queens slashing.  

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A 16-year-old girl was attacked in Queens Wednesday morning by a man wielding a knife, police said.

The young victim was pushed by the attacker and then slashed from her ear to her throat with a box cutter, reports said. 

The 16-year-old girl was walking to school on 13th Avenue near 147th Street in Whitestone at about 8:20 a.m. when the suspect, reportedly without saying a word, attacked her from behind, police said. The man then took off on 13th Avenue towards 146th Street.

RELATED: Off-duty police officer stabbed in Queens park: NYPD

When the assailant fled, the victim made it home and called 911, reports said.

Investigators said the attacker was a man wearing a surgical mask, black hat and white gloves; and that he likely followed the victim, according to published reports.

The victim, a Chinese foreign exchange student who has been here for eight months, reports said, was taken to an area hospital, and is in stable condition. 

Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely @mattlee2669.

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