PHOTO: According to investigators, the attack was the result of an altercation that quickly escalated to physical from verbal. Courtesy of NYPD
By Michael V. Cusenza
Police this week reached out to the public for help in identifying the man depicted in the photo who is wanted in connection with an assault in Ozone Park.
On Monday, around 1:20 p.m., the suspect and victim got into a verbal dispute in front of a deli on Rockaway Boulevard near 97th Street that quickly turned physical. During the fight, cops said, the suspect stabbed the victim with a sharp object multiple times. The victim suffered lacerations to his chest and torso; he was rushed to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition. Investigators said the suspect fled northbound across Rockaway Boulevard.
He is described as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-10, 150 pounds; last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt, blue jean shorts, and black and white sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential.