Monday, April 11, 2016

Homeless Man Arrested In Connection With Slashing Of Israeli Tourist At Greenwich Village Subway Station 

An arrest has been made in connection with the slashing of an Israeli tourist at a Greenwich Village subway station Friday.

Marvin Taylor, a 24-year-old homeless man, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Manhattan, police sources said.

Someone recognized Taylor from a surveillance video and he was turned in on a tip, police sources said.

A 55-year-old man was looking at a subway map when he dozed off on a bench on the 6 train platform at the Bleecker Street station overnight Friday, police said.

Investigators said the man, dressed in traditional Hasidic clothing, had been traveling from Brooklyn to meet friends in the Diamond District when he got lost, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported.

Just before 3:30 a.m., police said a man came up to him and slashed his neck, arm and hands several times before running away with the victim's cash.

Police said the victim only speaks Yiddish. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and was released over the weekend.
Taylor was charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said the motive was robbery and that the Friday morning attack was not a hate crime.

This is the second slashing at the Bleecker Street station this year. In January, a 71-year-old woman was slashed in the face. Damon Knowles, 21, was charged in the case.

There's now been more than 1,000 slashings across the city this year, with knife attacks rising at a 24 percent increase compared to 2015.

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