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VIDEO: Man with knife attacks in Queens IHOP after being told he needed to wear a mask

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 16:04:00-05

JAMAICA HILLS, Queens — A knife-wielding man without a mask attacked in a Queens IHOP after he was told to cover his face on Tuesday, police said

Staff told the man to leave after he refused to put on a mask inside the Hillside Avenue IHOP, officials said. The man walked out, but then he ran back inside and tried to stab a male employee.

As he swung the knife, he cut a 40-year-old female employee's arm, police said. She needed seven stitches at a local hospital.

The NYPD asked for help identifying the attacker, who was last seen headed westbound on Hillside Avenue. He's believed to be in his 20s. The man was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, gray sweatpants and black and red sneakers.

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