A 59-year-old man was found with a stab wound in his neck in Riverside Park around 83rd Street on Thursday around 8:25 pm, police said. Officers took a 34-year-old man into custody at West 87th Street and Riverside Drive, though charges were pending as of Friday morning.
The victim was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
Police recovered a knife from the scene. It’s not yet clear what precipitated the attack. Police told ABC News the men had gotten into an argument.
Witnesses told detectives the attacker stayed at the scene, and hid in bushes until they pointed him out to police.
“’I was just about to go to the cops because I saw them pull up near the monument, I was just about to go to them and tell them that ‘Yo, there’s a guy in the bushes over there.’ Because he was roaming around here. I saw him twice,’” a witness said.
Update: Responding to a question about the fact that there have been two recent stabbings in the 20th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin said, “They are completely unrelated, arrests [were] made in both cases.”