Another woman has had her face viciously slashed in a sneak attack on a New York street, making the attack the 471st such slashing this year.
20-year-old Paula Delos Santos told the media she has departed the No. 2 train in the Bronx when a Hispanic man walked up behind her, slashed her in the face, knocked her to the ground, kicked her, then stole her purse and ran off.
“It all happened very quickly. I was terrified, very frantic, hysterical. I had blood all over me. I thought it was because he kicked me in the face,” the young student told the New York Post.
“All of a sudden, I feel a presence behind me, so I turn to look and he grabbed my phone, and my first instinct was to grasp on tighter to the phone,” Santos said. “I think he took that as me trying to fight back. I didn’t really see what he cut me with, he just slashed my cheek.”
Santo described her attacker as a Hispanic man, standing five-foot-five, in his thirties, and wearing a beanie. He is suspected of using a box cutter razor blade on the victim. The vicious criminal got away with the young woman’s identification, cash, and cell phone.
The victim received 26 stitches on her face.
Last month, another slashing was caught on video:
The New York Police report that year-to-date there have been 471 slash attacks. That is up from the 395 this time last year.
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