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The Bobster
02-19-2016, 03:17 PM

Man slashed in the face after thug tries to steal his phone
By Shawn Cohen and Natalie Musumeci
February 19, 2016 | 4:16pm

A 23-year-old man was slashed in the face at a Bronx park on Friday – making him the fourth slash victim in two days, police sources said.

The man was sliced after a thug tried to steal his cell phone while inside of French Charley’s Park at East 204th Street and Webster Avenue at around 2:33 p.m., sources said.

The suspect fled and the victim was taken to St. Barnabus Hospital for treatment.

The slashing is the latest in a rash of knife attacks that have rocked the city.

A 33-year-old man was stabbed on the Upper West Side on Thursday as he was walking along West 88th Street near Columbus Avenue shortly before 5 p.m., police said.

His attacker stabbed him in the back after demanding he hand over his computer tablet and headphones.

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video, fled the scene.

Just a three hours earlier, a 21-year-old man was slashed across the face by a ski-mask wearing attacker in SoHo.

The man had just walked out of the bustling Supreme clothing store on Lafayette Street near Prince Street at around 2 p.m. with his purchases when a man in his 20s slashed the victim across his right cheek, cops said.

The two had a dispute over skipping the line during a clothing event at the store, which drew lines wrapping around the block.

On Wednesday night, a busboy at a Silver Spurs restaurant in Greenwich Village diner was slashed across the face by a teen after he solicited money from diners for a basketball team.

Bobby Barbot, 25, was working his first shift when he was slashed at around 8 p.m.

No arrests have been made in any of these slashings.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Friday morning ruled out the idea that the outbreak of knife attacks are a result of copy-cat crimes, and instead attributed the terrifying trend to mental illness and career criminals reaching for the most accessible weapon.

“We don’t think copycat at all,” Bratton said on The John Gambling Show on AM 970. “We think it’s actually unfortunately too many people often times mentally ill also lots of time just career criminals.”

“A knife is much easier to acquire, a box cutter, than it is to acquire a gun,” he said. “So you have a combination of too many people who have mental issues, too many criminals who are not reluctant to use a box cutter, which is easily acquired. We’ll see this spike but I anticipate it’ll go down in time as it usually does.”

The Bobster
02-19-2016, 03:35 PM

Cops release photo of teenage punk in Village diner slashing
By Natalie Musumeci
February 19, 2016 | 12:43pm

Police are seeking a teen (inset) in the Feb. 17 slashing at the Silver Spurs restaurant. Photo: David McGlynn

Cops released new surveillance images Friday of the teenage punk and three people of interest in connection with the face slashing of a busboy at a Greenwich Village diner this week.

Cops released a security camera image of the teenager who slashed the diner’s busboy.
Photo: DCPI

Police are trying to track down the suspected slasher as well as three other teen pals, a boy and two girls, who were with the attacker Wednesday — the day Bobby Barbot, 25, was sliced across the face, leaving him with 100 stitches, authorities said.

Barbot was working his first shift at the Silver Spurs diner on LaGuardia Place at 8 p.m. when the teen, wearing an orthodontic retainer, began soliciting diners for money for a “basketball team,” sources said.

Cops are also searching for two girls and one boy who were in the group.
Photo: DCPI

“I told him, ‘You’re not supposed to be doing that, you should leave,’ ” Barbot told The Post on Thursday.

The teen, described as black or Hispanic and between 15 and 18 years old with short hair, warned that he’d be back, Barbot said.

The boy left, only to come back and slash Barbot, an aspiring MMA fighter.

The teen was last seen wearing a green bubble jacket, black sneakers, a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, police said.

The Bobster
02-20-2016, 09:36 AM

Police bust alleged Manhattan attacker amid spate of slashings
By Natalie Musumeci and Amanda Woods
February 20, 2016 | 1:27am

The scene where a Bronx man was stabbed on the Upper West Side. Photo: Christopher Sadowski

The mugger who allegedly knifed a 33-year-old Bronx man on the Upper West Side was busted Friday and charged with four other robberies in the neighborhood, police said.

Rondell Smith, 21, who lives in the same area, allegedly attacked the man on West 88th Street near Columbus Avenue around 1 p.m. Thursday, slashing his victim in the back after demanding he hand over his Kindle tablet, cops said.

Cops charged him with that crime, as well as:

•Two robberies on Wednesday — one on West 90th Street where he opened his jacket, showed a gun and used it to threaten a 70-year-old man walking his dog; the other on West 89th Street, where he took money from a 13-year-old boy after showing him a knife. He was identified in a lineup by the victim of the 88th Street mugging.

•Also on Thursday, he allegedly threatened to shoot a man and stole his wallet after demanding $50.

•On Friday, cops said, he robbed a man in the 96th Street 1, 2 and 3 train subway station after showing a box cutter and simulating a gun.

Meanwhile, cops released video of two thugs who they said robbed diners at the Silver Spurs restaurant in Greenwich Village.

One of them allegedly slashed a busboy across the face.