A New York woman was viciously attacked by a man who lavishly complimented her on the street before slashing her face with a razorblade when she tried to walk away.
“You pretty. Are you scared?” the man reportedly asked the 31-year-old woman before attacking her Sunday morning, according to WNYW.
The woman, identified by The New York Post as Dana Sagona, had been waiting for a Lyft ride from her friend’s home at around 7:45 a.m. when she first noticed the suspect - and he noticed her.
“I saw him walk past me in the opposite direction,” she told the NY Daily News. “He checked me out. He looked me up and down, and I looked away. He was actually gross.”
After initially passing her, Sagona said he returned a few minutes later.
“He looked me up and down again and pretended to be on his phone,” she told the Daily News. “He was saying, ‘I’m looking at this beautiful woman. I’m going to marry her.’”
After asking her whether she was scared, Sagona said she told him no, and the conversation took a violent turn when the suspect grabbed her.
“I thought it was going to be a rape because he didn’t ask me for anything by that point, he was just grabbing me,” she told the Post.
The man reached for her purse and during the ensuing struggle, he sliced her face with a razor blade and punched her, knocking her down.
“The blood was gushing, it was pooling in my scarf,” she said.
The man fled, taking Sagona’s purse, which contained her phone, keys and credit cards, with him.
A man leaving his house nearby called 911 and medical personnel soon arrived to transport Sagona to the hospital, where she received 44 stitches for the gash.
The librarian said she was “shocked” to see the size of the injury.
The New York City Police Department is now searching for the man responsible and released a video of the suspect, who's seen wearing a black hoodie pulled over his head walking down the sidewalk in the short clip.
He’s been described as a Hispanic male in his 40s. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact police.
[Photo: New York City Police Department]
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