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Woman Randomly Slashed in Neck by Man in American Flag Mask, NYPD Says

 A woman was slashed in Prospect Park South Thursday morning, witnesses said.
A woman was slashed in Prospect Park South Thursday morning, witnesses said.
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DNAinfo/Alexandra Talty

PROSPECT PARK SOUTH — A woman was randomly slashed across the neck in broad daylight Thursday morning by a man wearing an American flag bandana as a mask, police said.

The 53-year-old victim, whose name wasn't immediately released, was walking west past 1304 Beverley Road, near Argyle Road, about 9:48 a.m. when a man leaving the Beverley Road Q station with a bag approached and cut her jawline without warning, according to police and a witness.

The witness, who gave her name as Shannon, was biking down Beverley Road toward Rugby Road when she saw the victim, wearing exercise pants with a jacket, lying on the ground as another woman tried to help, she said.

"She said she was stabbed, and that's when I noticed the blood on her neck," Shannon said.

"The cut was pretty big around her neck. I took my shirt off and wrapped it around her neck," she added.

The victim said she didn't know the attacker and that he ran toward Argyle Road after the slashing, she said. He wasn't immediately arrested, police said.

Investigators are scouring the area looking for him, according to NYPD's Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

"Again, without provocation, it doesn't appear to be a robbery right now, but we will go forward with getting a better story from this woman, now, but we do have the American flag scarf and we do have the knife," Boyce said.

Knife and Bandana

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The victim was treated for minor injuries at Maimonides Medical Center, an FDNY spokesman said.

Neighbors were disturbed by the Thursday morning slashing which came just four days after a man randomly stabbed a 14-year-old boy walking to a friend's house, police said. There hadn't been any arrests in that attack as of Thursday morning, police said.

"Something is definitely going on. What is going on with all these slashings?" said Mary Louise Clemens, 51.

Neighbors said the area is normally quiet.

"People are out here gardening and doing their stuff. I walk here everyday," said Susan Schwartz.