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.
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.
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.
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.
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