An unprovoked attack by a stranger with an ax sent a 51-year-old man to the hospital on Monday night, police told West Side Rag.
“The victim was walking on Broadway near West 61st Street with his wife when a man wearing a mask from the horror flick ‘The Purge’ rushed them at about 10 p.m.,” the Daily News reported.
The attacker threatened to kill the victim, police said, then hit him in the left arm with an ax, before fleeing on foot into the 59th Street/Columbus Circle subway station.
EMS transported the victim to Mt. Sinai Morningside hospital in stable condition, where he was treated and released, according to the Daily News.
The attacker was described by police as a dark-skinned man, with a blue mask, a dark-colored coat, blue jeans, and black boots.
The Precinct tweeted the following:
THE PICTURED MALE IS WANTED BY THE 20 PCT FOR FELONIOUS ASSAULT. ON NOV 1, 2021,SUBJECT APPROACHED MALE VICTIM AND SWUNG AT HIM WITH AN AXE CAUSING A DEEP LACERATION TO HIS LEFT ARM DURING AN UNPROVOKED ATTACK. PERPETRATOR FLED INTO THE TRAIN STATION.☎️212-580-6414☎️ pic.twitter.com/9Fv5CaVc8Y
— NYPD 20th Precinct (@NYPD20Pct) November 3, 2021