Israeli tourist stabbed in New York subway robbery

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Police are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of an Israeli tourist on a subway platform in Manhattan.

The 55-year-old victim, a haredi Orthodox Jewish man, dozed off Thursday night on a 6 train platform in the high-end neighborhood of Greenwich Village, CBS 2 reported Friday based on police sources. He had been sitting on a bench and reading the subway map at the Bleecker Street station, according to the report.

Investigators said the man, dressed in traditional Hasidic clothing, had been traveling from Brooklyn to meet friends in the Diamond District when he got lost.

Just before 3:30 a.m., police said a man came up to the victim and slashed his neck, arm and hands several times before running away with his cash.


Police said another man and his friend found the victim bleeding after attack. They applied pressure to his wounds until paramedics arrived.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The suspect has been identified as a homeless man who was wearing an orange hoodie.

Last month, police arrested a 26-year-old homeless man they said had stabbed three people in New York, including an Orthodox Jew in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. After the arrest, police said the attacks were likely not a hate crime but the actions of a seemingly deranged person.

The Anti-Defamation League, which in February called  stabbing an “apparent targeted act of hate,” praised the New York Police Department for that arrest.

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