The first incident happened just after 1 a.m. in the vicinity of East 242 Street and White Plains Road in the Wakfield section, where authorities say the suspect approached the 29-year-old male victim and yelled at him before punching him in the face.
"He came out of nowhere and attacked me, and I was like, what the hell?" victim Jose Suarez told Eyewitness News.
Suarez said he was walking to the corner store when the man told him to stop talking to him, only Jose hadn't said a word. Then the attacker began swinging at the father of three.
Video shows the suspect repeatedly hitting the man, who he also slashed repeatedly on the back of his neck before the victim slipped out of his hoodie and ran away.
"He started slicing me, so I tried to get away as great as I could," he said. "I took my sweater off and rotated, and took sweater off and ran to the store."
Surveillance video of attack:
The victim suffered lacerations to the back of his neck and was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
About 10 minutes later, police say the same suspect entered that corner store and began cursing at the clerk. The employee, Kamal Mohammad, said the me the man seemed off and had white stuff foaming from his mouth and blood on his hand.
The suspect turned his attention to a 43-year-old customer, berating the man before following him outside and slashing his right ear.
It's sad, I've never seen people like that," Mohammad said. "He said, 'Why are you looking at me?' Then he started hitting him. He went to follow him outside, after that I locked the door."
The victim drove himself to an area hospital and was treated for a small laceration to his ear.
The suspect is is described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds with hair in box braids. He was last seen wearing a black and red jacket with the word "Chicago" on its back, black jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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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