EAST VILLAGE — Police arrested a suspect in the apparent random slashing of a New Jersey man on East Sixth Street last week, the NYPD said.
Francis Salud, 28, slashed a 30-year-old man across the face near Second Avenue on Jan. 16 about 4:30 p.m. The victim, who was meeting a friend for dinner, needed 150 stitches to close the ear-to-mouth gash, police said.
“We don’t have a reason for it right now,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Wednesday. “It seems to be random.”
Salud, who lives just a couple blocks from the scene, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with assault, police said.
The Saturday attack was the latest in a recent string of unprovoked attacks.
Kari Bazimore, 41, of The Bronx, was arrested earlier this month in connection with a slashing outside a diner on West 23rd Street. Police are still hunting the man who cut a Chinese exchange student across the face in Whitestone in December, requiring 200 stitches.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday that the department will be training 5,500 officers over the next several months to deal with the mentally ill.
“These things seem to come in bunches. That’s certainly what we’re seeing with these slashings,” Bratton said. “Unfortunately, in a city of 8.5 million people, incidents are going to occur.”