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Homeless man attacks 5 in New York park

02 October 2013, 09:00

New York City - A mentally disturbed US homeless man slashed and stabbed five people with a pair of scissors in a New York park on Tuesday, one of them a 1-year-old child, police said.

The man struck in broad daylight in Riverside Park on Upper West Side near the Hudson River. Police said none of the victims was in critical condition.

A 36-year-old woman out jogging was stabbed in the back, a 35-year-old man walking his dog was stabbed in the stomach and a 32-year-old female jogger had her neck slashed.

A father walking with his 1-year-old son tried to intervene before being stabbed in the abdomen. The toddler was lightly hurt in the arm, police said.

A member of the public overpowered the attacker before police arrived.

The assailant was identified as Julius Graham, 43, from Texas who lives in a homeless shelter in the Bronx.


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