Police are still searching for a man who stabbed a driver on East 61st Street eleven times on Saturday night, in what's being described as a road rage incident. The victim is clinging to life following the stabbing attack, and the suspect remains at large. This morning, the NYPD released video of the alleged assailant:
Police say the victim and the stabber pulled over outside of 420 East 61st Street around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd. According to investigators, the assailant got out of his silver Toyota Camry, approached the victim, and stabbed him nearly a dozen times as he dragged him out of his car. The victim, 45, got back into his Toyota Corolla and tried to drive from the scene, only to crash into a parked car near East 76th Street and Madison Avenue.
Yesterday NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters that the incident was likely sparked over "an argument over traffic" on the Queensboro Bridge.
"It was something from a horror story,” one woman, who witnessed the incident from a cab, told CBS 2. "The guy that opened his door got out and was stabbing him right in the middle of his chest. Then he came back over to us and was in complete shock."
According to the witness, the victim "walked over and stood in front of the hood of the cab." She said "she didn’t see any injuries until he pulled off his t-shirt." At that point, she tells CBS2, "I was screaming, I was scared, and there was just blood pouring out everywhere."
The NYPD says the suspect is a black male in his early 30s.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.