NYPD: Man tries to steal drink, slashes Bronx bodega clerk's face

MORRIS HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) -- Police are searching for a man who slashed a bodega worker in the face in the Bronx, and they're hoping surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

According to authorities, the man in the video tried to leave the store at the corner of University and West Tremont Avenues in Morris Heights without paying for his drink on March 13.

When 23-year-old store clerk Geurys Reyes stopped him, police say the suspect pulled out a box cutter and slashed him across the face.

The victim was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where he received 10 stitches.

A store worker told Eyewitness News it wasn't the first time the suspect tried to steal something from the bodega.

The person wanted for questioning is described as a black man in his late teens, approximately 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds, last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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