By Joy Bergmann
A man who says he tried to break up a dispute between two other men was rewarded with a slash to the arm Thursday, according to police.
At 1.35 pm Thursday, police received multiple 911 calls about an assault in progress near 79th Street and Broadway. Upon arrival, officers found a 46-year old man with a minor laceration to his arm. The victim had reportedly intervened in a verbal altercation between two other men at the scene and was sliced by a sharp object. The person believed to have sliced the victim then fled the scene.
Bystanders directed police to Riverside Park near 79th; a search of the area did not reveal any suspect. The other man involved in the altercation left the area before police arrived.
The victim refused medical attention and is being interviewed at the 20th Precinct. A police spokesperson said the incident is still being investigated, though they do believe the perpetrator may be a homeless individual.
Correction: because of an editing error, we initially reported that the incident occurred in the park.