Lower Manhattan slasher assaults CVS employee after he was told to leave store: cops

Slasher (inset) sought for assault at Lower Manhattan CVS
The slasher (sought) for attacking an employee at a Lower Manhattan CVS store on Sept. 7, 2023.
Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

Police in Lower Manhattan are looking for the slasher who attacked a CVS employee during a dispute earlier this week.

The NYPD released images and video Friday night of the suspect wanted for the assault that occurred at the discount store and pharmacy located at 217 Broadway at about 6:58 p.m. on Sept. 7.

According to law enforcement sources, the perpetrator walked into the CVS and was soon confronted by the victim, a 23-year-old store employee, who asked him to leave due to prior negative interactions with the staff.

Police sources said the suspect became infuriated and spat on the worker, then engaged the employee in a dispute. Seconds later, cops said, the assailant slashed the employee in the right forearm with a sharp object, then fled out of the CVS; he was last seen walking northbound on Broadway.

The incident was reported to the 1st Precinct. EMS rushed the victim to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of a deep laceration; the worker was listed in stable condition.

Police described the suspect as a man with a medium build and a light complexion, standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with facial hair and a ponytail. He was last seen wearing a black hat; an open, black button-down short-sleeved shirt over a black t-shirt with a white graphic on the front; and black pants.

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Felony assaults are up slightly in the 1st Precinct this year, according to the most recent CompStat report. Through Sept. 3, the precinct tallied 96 such incidents, two more than the 94 reported at the same time in 2023.