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Monday, August 27, 2007


Police searching for slasher in NYC Suspect for 3 Asian women attack
Eyewitness News
(New York - WABC, August 25, 2007) - Police in Manhattan are searching for a slasher, a man who walks up to women on the street and cuts them. Now investigators have a key piece of evidence, a sketch of the suspect.

Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett is following this story.
Watch your back. This is the advice to Asian women in New York City from the NYPD Saturday -- three women, three attacks, and one crazed man with a knife.

"It's frightening," an Asian woman said.

Women we spoke with had no idea but over the past six weeks a stalker has been walking the streets of Manhattan targeting Asian women at random - slashing them across the right forearm in broad daylight.

The latest attack was on the afternoon of August 17th. The other two were on July 16th, in the morning and afternoon.

The first attack was in mid July on 32nd Street in midtown and then the same day in Chinatown. The latest, a week ago, was just barely two blocks away.

The victims were not seriously hurt but the motive is entirely unknown.

The police released a composite sketch of the suspect. He is described by the victims as an African-American man 25 to 30 years old, thin, and 5 8" to 5 11". He wears a light gray sweat shirt with the numbers 09 on the back.

"I'm going to be careful walking the streets," said other Asian woman. "I'm not going to change my routine just for a guy like this."

The victims all range in age from their early 30s to their mid 40s. Police say two of the women were taken to hospitals in stable condition, while the other had only a minor cut.

Police have no idea what this guy is capable of and when he might strike again.

This really pisses me off on two levels. First of all slashing random women on the street is not normal behavior. Besides the fact it is evil and twisted, this piece of human refuse is putting innocent people in harm's way and needs to be stopped.

To the Asian women and women in general, watch your backs and travel in packs. If you see some weird a**hole looking at you strange or you get that weird feeling about that guy following you, call the cops, find a safe place and if you are able to keep yourself safe you might do what this woman did to this perv.

I have no doubt that the police are working overtime to get this douchebag off the streets. But they can only do so much. I hope by posting this description of this sicko that someone will recognize him or better yet prevent someone getting attacked. So let's keep an eye out.

On a real estate level this is the type of s**t that brings back the bad old days of the 70's and 80's when New York City was under siege and it felt like every night was a scene from Death Wish.

As I have pointed out in a previous entry, if people do not feel safe, they are not going to stick around. This results in lower property values. In this market, we can't afford that. I know this sounds quite shallow, but unfortunately one of the best ways to bring people to action is to connect it to their own financial well being.

So remember folks, catch the nutcase and you will be able to better protect your equity.