Riverside Park scissor victims recover as suspect awaits charges
The man suspected of going on a stabbing spree with a pair of scissors in Riverside Park on Tuesday on was still being evaluated in the hospital, according to cops, but most of his victims are recovering, authorities said.
Julius Graham, 43, was charged by police late Tuesday night with criminal assault and weapons possession for his alleged spree that injured five parkgoers including a 2-year-old boy.
The boy's father, James Fayette, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, was in good spirits while recuperating from his injuries at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Wednesday, according to his friend and colleague Alan S. Gordon.
He spent the day "surrounded by friends and family" and was in high spirits according to Gordon, who works with Fayette, 35, at the American Guild of Musical Artists.
"He's out of the ICU [Wednesday]. He might be able to go home soon," Gordon said.
A source close with the investigation said Graham, who the authorities said was homeless but once lived in Texas, would remain under observation at Bellevue Hospital Center until at least Thursday before he is arraigned formally by the Manhattan DA's office.
Graham allegedly went on a spree with a pair of scissors before 8 a.m. Tuesday, stabbing two women, a man who was walking his dog before coming up to Fayette, who was walking with his son. The former ballet dancer was slashed across his chest while his son was slashed on his arm, police said. Graham and another man subdued the suspect before the police arrived, according to the NYPD.
The boy was treated for minor injuries and released while the remaining victims were hospitalized. One of the women who was stabbed was listed in critical condition but a source said she was improving. .