A 62-year-old man in New York City was overrun by a group of seven men captured on disturbing video remarkable him with what appeared to be a wooden object before stabbing and hacking him on a sidewalk in Manhattan early Wednesday.
The brutal attack took place off 315 West 44th Street in Midtown, just after 5:30 a.m., when an unidentified man approached the victim from behind, the NYPD said.
A suspect first hits the victim on the back of the head with what appears to be a piece of wood, knocking the 62-year-old to the ground. according to video released by the NYPD.
As the man falls flat on the sidewalk, video shows six other unidentified men surrounding the victim. Police said the group stabbed and cut the victim several times before fleeing on foot.
The victim suffered stab and cut wounds to his body, head and nose, according to police. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, where he was stabilized.
According to NYPD statistics, the citywide crime rate rose 13.8% to 2,123 in October 2021 compared to 1,865 in the same period in 2020.
During the first week of November, police data shows that assault cases across the city increased by 6% compared to the same period last year, with 442 cases versus 417 in 2020.
According to NYPD statistics, citywide crime reached 80,801 through October, a 1.3% increase compared to the same period in 2020.
Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).