An early morning Greenwich Village subway slashing left an Israeli tourist in the hospital and the suspect at large.
Subway trains were bypassing the Bleecker Street station on Friday morning as authorities investigated a slashing that occurred just before 3:30 a.m., police said to NBC4. The victim was slashed in the neck and face while he was waiting on the 6 train platform.
The victim, a Hasidic man in his 50s who speaks only Yiddish, was expected to survive after being taken to Bellevue hospital, authorities said to the New York Daily News. Police were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
“We just saw him coming up the subway steps, and he was bleeding really heavily,” a witness described the victim to NBC4. It remains unclear why he was targeted.
The man told police he was repeatedly slashed and that the suspect ran off with his money.
At 6 a.m., 6 trains were still bypassing the station as the investigation continued, NBC4 added.
Police told the Daily News that the suspect was still at large on Friday morning.