By Carol Tannenhauser
A 30-year-old Columbia graduate student named Davide Giri died, and a 27-year-old Italian tourist was hospitalized in stable condition, after being randomly stabbed Thursday night, in two separate incidents occurring 15 minutes and 13 blocks apart in Morningside Heights, according to the NYPD. The first attack occurred just before 11 p.m. on Thursday.
“The two attacks are believed to have been carried out by the same suspect,” the New York Post reported, but the NYPD said the investigation is ongoing. “The suspect was taken into custody after a third man reported being menaced inside Central Park,” the Post continued. “Officers responded and found the suspect at West 104th Street and Central Park West. He was taken into custody with a large kitchen knife.” He has not yet been charged, the Post reported, and police have not released his name.
Giri was a PhD candidate in computer science at Columbia.
We will update this story as we learn more information.
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