NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a man they say was involved in a violent attack on another man and a woman on Staten Island.

According to police 34-year-old John Matthews became involved in a dispute with the female victim outside of 4 Sneden Ave. on Friday at around 3:35 a.m.

Police said the dispute escalated and became physical with Matthews choking and hitting the victim.

A 36-year-old man, who remains unidentified, stopped his car in an attempt to help the woman.

Matthews then allegedly took out a screwdriver from his pocket and stabbed the man several times in the back. Matthews then fled from the scene, police said.

The male victim was taken to Staten Island North Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Police said the female victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Matthews was last seen driving a 2003 four-door burgundy Lexus G3300. The vehicle was bearing New York State Plate number GPZ-0111, but police said there is a possibility that he changed the plates. He is described as being 5’11” and weighing 160 pounds.

According to officials, Matthews is known to frequent New Jersey and Arizona.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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