LOWER EAST SIDE — Police have arrested one of two men they say knocked a slice of pizza out of a man's hands before slashing him across the arm on Oct. 16, and are still looking for the second assailant.
The two men approached the 22-year-old victim around 4:13 a.m. as he was eating a slice of pizza in front of 142 Orchard St. near Rivington Street, according to a police report, when one of the assailants knocked the pizza onto the ground.
According to the report, the victim asked "What are you doing?" and one of the attackers responded, "You ready to get poked over a slice of pizza?"
One of the assailants punched the victim in the face, and when a struggle ensued the other attacker cut him with an unidentified sharp object, leaving him with a deep cut in his left forearm, police said.
The suspects fled northbound on Orchard Street after the attack, police said.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated for his injury.
Police arrested the suspect who carried out the slashing on Friday at around noon on Orchard Street, near where the attack had occurred, police said.
Police received a call about a person acting disorderly and arrived to find John Rivera, 22, in possession of a knife, according to authorities.
Police apprehended Rivera for disorderly conduct and upon further investigation realized he had been involved in the earlier incident, at which point he was charged with assault, police said.
Police are still looking for the second suspect, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, white pants and a dark baseball cap.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).