Saturday, December 19, 2015
Mad slasher has Whitestone on alert
The apparently random slashing of a 16-year-old girl walking to school in Queens Wednesday morning has shaken neighbors as a local politician says the suspect may have struck before.
The victim, an exchange student from China, was walking near 13th Avenue and 146th Street when a man wearing a surgical mask and gloves grabbed her and slashed her neck and cheek with a utility knife before running off, police said.
The stalker was captured on surveillance video following his victim.
The attack has left families in the quiet residential neighborhood frightened.
State assemblyman Ron Kim said Thursday the suspect may have struck before.
"We've been receiving some calls since yesterday that a similar-looking individual has been harassing females in the neighborhood," he said.
Kim said he has visited the girl, and doctors have told him the attacker missed major arteries but there are still concerns about possible nerve damage and disfiguring scars.