NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was walking in Manhattan this weekend, when he says he was attacked by a stranger.
As CBS2’s Emily Smith reported, the 25-year-old Harlem man said he was looking for a taco truck while singing happily with a friend when someone gouged him in the face in Times Square.
David Foster has sixty stitches, following a deep slashing to the side of his face in Midtown.
“I though I just got hit. My surgeon thinks it was a box cutter or box knife because of how hard I got hit,” he said.
Foster said he got off the subway with his roommate around 1 a.m. Sunday, at 40th and 7th Ave.
While heading north on the crowded sidewalk, he was stopped by a stranger telling him to stop singing.
“I don’t remember what we were singing. A gentleman walked by and told us not to be so loud. It’s Saturday night, have fun, turn it up and have fun,” he said.
Then, at 42nd Street, a second man came up behind Foster saying he disrespected his little brother.
“As I got smacked in the side of the head I looked down, and my friend Tyler turned around, ‘what the hell man,” he said.
“I look at David, and I see half of his cheek is down like this,” Tyler Henson said, “It was very scary.”
Neither Foster nor Henson remember much about the slasher due to being in shock, but they believe he was wearing a t-shirt, shorts, rimless rectangle frames, and flat brimmed hat that was red and black.
“I don’t know I’d say anything differently. I might pay attention to where they go afterwards, and not turn my back,” Foster said.
Foster said it took five hours for a plastic surgeon to put 60 stitches in his face. he moved to the city 6 months ago from Albany.
Cops are looking at cameras in the area to see if they can identify the suspect. if convicted the assault is a felony.