MANHATTAN — A man ordered to stay away from his girlfriend followed her into an Upper West Side building, stabbed her in the head and slashed her face Wednesday, police said.
The 37-year-old attacker, whose name wasn't immediately released, confronted the 45-year-old woman after she exited a fifth-floor apartment in the Columbus Avenue building near West 101st Street at 11 p.m., sources and an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The suspect, who lives in the building, lunged at her with a knife and stabbed and slashed her face and arm while she tried to deflect him, sources said.
The boyfriend, who has three domestic incidents against the woman and 30 prior arrests, fled the scene after the attack and wasn't immediately arrested, police said.
The victim was treated at an area hospital, where she's listed in stable condition, police said.
A woman who lives on the first floor of the building said she heard "screaming" a little before midnight.
"I'm stunned right now," said the woman, who declined to give her name. "I hope she [is] OK."
The suspect was described as standing 5-foot-7 and weighing about 170 pounds, police said.
A court had previously issued an order of protection against him on the girlfriend's behalf, police said.