A young couple and their baby, dressed in traditional Hasidic garb, were slashed in an unprovoked attack in Lower Manhattan from an ex-con released from prison less than two months ago, police said Thursday.
The victims were treated at the scene by medics and were not badly hurt.
Video shows the attacker carrying an umbrella as he walks past the victims — a man and woman, both 22, and their 13-month-old baby in a stroller — on State St. near Battery Park about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Moments later, he reverses course, slashing the man on the head, the woman on the lip and the baby on the chin.
The victims ran off as the assailant, who was yelling and screaming throughout the incident, gave chase.
Darryl Jones, 30, was nabbed a short time later and charged with assault, weapon possession and drug possession for K-2 found on him, police said. The knife was recovered in a garbage can near the scene.
Hate crime charges have not been ruled out if anti-Jewish bias turns out to be a motivation in the attack. Jones did not make any anti-Semitic statements, police said.
Jones has 12 previous arrests, seven of them sealed. The others include a 2011 beatdown of a 50-year-old man inside the suspect’s Morningside Heights’ building. Police said he and another man tried to rob the victim and badly beat him, busting his eye socket and three ribs.
Jones was later convicted of attempted murder and attempted assault.
(c)2021 New York Daily News
Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
This content is published through a licensing agreement with Acquire Media using its NewsEdge technology.