(DNAINFO) Lisha Arino | January 19, 2016 — Police said the suspect came up to the victim from behind before cutting in him in the face and back.
Police have released video of the suspect who slashed a pedestrian’s face over the weekend.
The victim, a 30-year-old man from Newark, New Jersey, needed 150 stitches to close a gash that ran from his ear to mouth after the suspect came up behind him as he was walking on East 6th Street near Cooper Union on Saturday around 4:30 p.m., police said.
“I had my earbuds on. I wasn’t listening. I was playing on my phone and walking ahead,” the victim told CBS New York.
“There was no conversation; no anything beforehand. It just happened out of the blue — the damn strangest thing,” he added. “I hope they catch him soon, because he’s a danger.”
The suspect also cut the victim in the back, police said.
Police rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he received the stitches, an NYPD spokeswoman previously told DNAinfo New York.
The victim underwent eight hours of plastic surgery, CBS New York reported, and he might regain the ability to smile by the summer.
Police said the suspect was a 5-foot-6 man between 20 to 30 years old, weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black, waist-length jacket, black skull cap, black pants and brown boots, according to the NYPD.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit its website.