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Two workers violently stabbed by ousted member at Museum of Modern Art: NYPD

Alleged multiple stabbing incident, in New York
Members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) gather in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) after an alleged multiple stabbing incident, in New York, U.S., March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

An enraged patron of the arts violently stabbed two employees at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown on Saturday afternoon after he was denied entry, police sources said.

Both workers suffered stab wounds to their backs and collarbones, and are undergoing treatment at Bellevue Hospital. They are expected to make a recovery, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.

According to Miller, the attack unfolded at about 4:15 p.m. on March 12 inside the cultural institution located at 11 West 53rd St.

The suspect, 60-year-old Gary Cabana, attempted to see a film at MoMA, but was denied entry at the front desk.

Police released a photo of Gary Cabana, 60, whom they accuse of stabbing two employees at the Museum of Modern Art on March 12.NYPD

Miller said the perpetrator had his membership revoked this week due to two prior incidents of disorderly conduct on campus. The revocation letter was sent out just yesterday, the deputy commissioner noted. 

“He became upset about not being allowed entrance and then jumped over the reception desk, and proceeded to attack and stab two employees of the museum multiple times,” Miller told members of the press at a Saturday evening briefing.

A member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) ties police tape at the entrance of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) after an alleged multiple stabbing incident, in New York, U.S., March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Police released photos of Cabana and surveillance video footage from the museum Saturday night and Sunday morning showing him stabbing the two victims several times as they try to escape while being penned in behind the reception desk. 

Another employee can be seen in the clip throwing a binder at Cabana while calling for help on his radio. 

Cabana fled the museum and Miller said the perpetrator is wanted for several separate incidents that occurred recently in Midtown Manhattan.

Surveillance footage from inside the museum shows the attacker stabbing the two employees, who are penned in behind the reception desk.NYPD

As of early Saturday evening, police were continuing to canvass the area searching for the stabber. Police described Cabana suspect as a white man wearing a blue surgical mask, a black jacket over a colorful patterned shirt, and a hood. 

Images NYPD released of the MoMA stabbing suspect Gary Cabana.NYPD

Anyone with information regarding the stabbing or the suspect’s 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.

— Additional reporting by Kevin Duggan

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