Cops are looking for the man they say smashed a stranger in the head with a glass bottle in Lower Manhattan over the weekend.
According to authorities, a 42-year-old man was in the vicinity of Lafayette Street and Prince Street at around 3:15 a.m. on Sunday when he was approached by a stranger. That stranger then struck the man in the head with a glass bottle multiple times, police said.
Police say the incident was entirely unprovoked.
The suspect — seen on security camera footage wearing what appear to be sweatpants with a white t-shirt wrapped around his neck — fled on food westbound on Prince Street.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
Reports of felony assaults are up slightly in Manhattan’s 5th Precinct, where the incident occurred, according to Police Department data. As of Feb. 19, when the most recent data is available, there were 22 reported felony assaults year-to-date in the precinct, which serves the southeastern edge of Manhattan — up from 20 in the same time frame last year.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.