A man was stabbed in the face, hands and arms during a possible attempted robbery on the Bleecker Street 6 train platform early Friday morning, according to the NYPD. The victim, who apparently does not speak fluent English, was waiting on the southbound 6 train platform when he was allegedly attacked. He is reportedly visiting from Israel (a police spokesperson said he was wearing “traditional Hasidic clothing”), and is currently hospitalized in stable condition.
Two good Samaritans notified NYPD officers of a stabbing victim at the Bleecker Street station around 3:30 a.m. on Friday, according to a spokesman for the department. Officers discovered the victim, believed to be in his 50s, with lacerations to his face, hands and arms. He was transported to Bellevue Hospital.
"We just saw him coming up the subway steps and he was bleeding really heavily," a witness told NBC. "We helped him out. We put pressure on his wrists."
The suspect took an indeterminate amount of money from the victim before fleeing the station, according to a preliminary investigation. The NYPD is looking for a black man with dreadlocks who was last seen wearing a brown jacket. The incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.
Southbound 6 trains were still bypassing Bleecker Street as of 8:30 this morning.
In January, a 71-year-old woman was slashed on the left side of her face on a southbound 6 train approaching Bleecker Street, in what was apparently a random assault.