Suspect cuffed for slashing 2-year-old boy near Morningside Park (UPDATED)

Cops say this man slashed a 2-year-old boy in Morningside Heights on July 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Detectives have booked the heartless attacker who slashed a 2-year-old boy’s face in Morningside Park for no apparent reason on Wednesday morning.

Anthony Gonzalez, 35, of West 107th Street was charged Friday with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the unprovoked attack on July 1.

Police sources said an anonymous tip to the Crime Stoppers hotline led detectives to Gonzalez, whom they picked up late on Thursday night.

Cops said the random assault took place at 9:30 a.m. on July 1 in the area of West 110th Street and Morningside Drive in Manhattan.

According to law enforcement sources, Gonzalez allegedly approached the child as the youngster walked with his mother along West 110th Street. Without warning or reason, cops said, the suspect sliced the boy’s face with an unknown sharp object.

Following the attack, police reported, Gonzalez allegedly fled on foot westbound along West 110th Street.

The suspect running away. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

The incident was reported to the 26th Precinct. EMS units removed the boy to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where he received treatment for a laceration above his right eye.

On July 2, the NYPD released two videos of the perpetrator as he ran from the scene. One of the videos shows the suspect running away while attempting to cover his face with his t-shirt.


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