NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bond was set at $50,000 Wednesday for a teenage boy charged in a slashing attack on a restaurant worker in Greenwich Village last week.
Dominicio Howington, 16, is charged as an adult with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
In Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, his bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Bobby Barbot, 25, was slashed in the face while working at the Silver Spurs restaurant at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 17, police said. Barbot was rushed to the hospital, where he received 137 stitches for his injury.
“I’m happy that they caught him,” Barbot told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck on Tuesday after police told him a suspect was in custody. “To be honest, to say to him at least the cops caught him before I do, that’s the only way I could say it.”
The teen suspect, who was seen on surveillance video, was inside the restaurant going table to table asking for donations, claiming to raise money for a basketball team, police said.
“I told him to leave and he didn’t want to leave, and said he’s coming back and I said he’s not coming back,” Barbot told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell in an earlier interview.
Investigators said he came back and sliced Barbot with a box cutter.
Barbot said he continues to recover and is meeting with doctors later this week to determine when he can return to work.
“I’m OK, I’m good, I’m great and I’m getting better day by day.” Barbot said.
On Tuesday night, the suspect’s grandmother came to his defense.
“That man punched him in the face. He got what he deserved,” she said.
The attack on Barbot was one of 533 stabbing and slashing attacks so far this year, compared to 444 for the same period last year, CBS2 reported. On Sunday, an anti-crime officer was slashed in the face in Brownsville from her neck to her cheek as she tried to break up a fight.