NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officers were canvassing the Mariners Harbor section of Staten Island Monday, three days after a 9-year-old boy was stabbed as he went to school.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, NYPD officers set up a command post near Leyden and Union avenues on Staten Island – near the scene where 9-year-old Jermaine Culver was stabbed this past Friday.READ MORE: NYPD Officer, Suspect Both Shot In The Bronx
The attack was captured on surveillance video, which was grainy, but was clear enough to see the hooded attacker run up behind Culver.
Jermaine was stabbed him the neck, arm and back. He somehow managed to wriggle free and he
turned around and ran back home, alerting his brothers of the attack.
With no known motive in what appeared to have been a random attack, police were warning parents to keep a close eye on their children. The boy was walking to school when the stabbing happened.
“I don’t even feel safe walking her, because it could happen, likem while they’re with their parents, or you know, anything. It could happen to me,” said parent Michelle Anderson.
“It’s horrible that children can’t even walk to school safely,” said parent Tashonda Mitchell.
Culver was recovering from the attack at Richmond University Medical Center Monday. He was left with stitches in his arm and neck and has a head injury.READ MORE: MTA Restoring Service To Subway Lines Temporarily Suspended During COVID Surge
Until the suspect is found, parents nearby said they will not rest easy.
“I don’t want to let her out of my sight,” Anderson said. “I don’t even want to send her to school at times, but you know, they need their education.”
NYPD officers said they handed out several hundred fliers with information about the suspect on Monday. They said they will maintain the presence in the neighborhood until the suspect has been found.
The victim described his attacker as a black male in a blue, hooded sweatshirt.
Police said cars can be seen going by the surveillance video. They asked anyone who was in the area just before 8 a.m. Friday to give them a call.
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