18 suspects sought in 2 Times Square attacks

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Friday, February 23, 2024
18 suspects sought in 2 Times Square attacks
Janice Yu has the latest.

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Two violent attacks hours apart in Times Square left a teenager and a 28-year-old man injured.

The first incident happened at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say a 17-year-old, who they believe is a migrant from Nicaragua, was chased by a large group of people and stabbed near a migrant shelter located on 42nd Street near 8th Avenue.

The teen was stabbed in the back.

Police recovered a knife at the scene along with what appeared to be a part of a broom handle.

Seven people, who police believe are migrants, were arrested.

Police are looking for 16 others.

A woman, who didn't want to be identified, says she was on her way home from work she saw a large group men hanging out near the subway.

"I said what's going on and I snap a picture.. the guy says lets go, next thing I know I was laying on the floor," she said.

The attack happened right outside of the Candler Building which is being used as a migrant shelter, the same place where two officers were attacked by a group of migrants just last month.

Two hours later, another person was attacked.

A 28-year-old man, who police believe is from the area, was punched and kicked in the head and face outside the Hard Rock Cafe at 43rd and Broadway.

Three people are in custody. Police are searching for two others.

Both the 28-year-old and 17-year-old are in stable condition. Police do not believe the attacks are connected.

The attack involving the teen is near the area where those two NYPD officers were assaulted by a group of eight migrants last month.

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NJ Burkett reports.


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