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Man plunges knife into tourist’s neck in midtown; victim escapes without serious injury: police

Posted: 11:42 AM, Dec 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-19 12:00:13-05

MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan — A 23-year-old tourist was stabbed in the head early Sunday but escaped without serious injury, police said.

He was out walking with a friend around 1:45 a.m. on East 46th Street when the culprit ran toward him from behind, police said. The culprit plunged a steak knife into the back of the tourist’s head.

The victim took the knife out of his neck and went to Bellevue hospital for treatment, police said. A CAT scan revealed no serious injuries. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

The culprit also scratched the victim’s female friend in the face, police said. He fled west toward Fifth Avenue following the attack. The culprit was last seen wearing dark clothing and a black skullcap with a white stripe. The culprit is described as being in his thirties and having a dark complexion.

No arrests have been made.

Another tourist was fatally shot just blocks away near Bryant Park early Saturday morning.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).