Police need the public’s help in tracking down the machete-wielding maniac who sliced a man inside Penn Station — and enjoyed a pizza slice outside the transit hub — last month.
On Saturday, the NYPD released images of the perpetrator behind the bloody assault, which occurred at 7:05 p.m. on March 29 within the 34th Street-Penn Station stop on the 1 line.
Law enforcement sources said the suspect approached the 46-year-old man on a staircase, then displayed the machete and struck him in the head with it. The perpetrator fled the scene in an unknown direction.
A source familiar with the case did not specify whether the attack was random, or if the suspect and victim had been involved in an argument prior to the attack.
Officers from the Midtown South Precinct and NYPD Transit District 2 responded to the incident. EMS rushed the man to a local hospital for treatment of what was described as a severe laceration.
It was the second machete attack reported in Manhattan in two days, according to police. On March 30, a 20-year-old man was attacked within the Vladeck Houses on the Lower East Side, though it appears the incident is not connected to the Penn Station assault.
The suspect in the March 29 attack is shown scarfing down a slice of pizza near the crime scene; it’s unclear whether the footage was shot before or after the attack. He’s pictured wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding the assault 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.