A man required about 50 stitches Sunday morning after being slashed in the face in Times Square.
The NYPD said the 25-year-old was attacked around 1:20 a.m. when two groups began fighting. The brawl began by Seventh Avenue and 43rd Street when the slasher confronted the victim, asking whether he had a problem with one of his friends, at which time the attacker allegedly grabbed the man’s head and cut his face, police reported to the New York Post.
The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital, and no arrests have been made. Authorities stated that the motivation for the incident was a dispute over stares, and that it was not a random attack.
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Last month, a woman was slashed in a Bronx subway car during a fight over a seat, and another woman sustained a severe facial injury with nerve damage in May after being sliced on a train in Grand Central Station.
A series of face-slashing crimes throughout 2016 prompted the announcement of Mayor de Blasio’s Operation Cutting Edge to address the rise of knife- and razor-related attacks throughout the city.