A French tourist was randomly slashed in the neck while strolling around Harlem with his girlfriend Friday, police said.
Shocking video obtained by The Post shows the young man kneeling on the ground holding a piece of cloth to his neck, a heavy pool of blood forming around him, as his distraught girlfriend stands next to him.
The couple was walking on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 132nd and 133rd streets in Upper Manhattan around 11 a.m. when a stranger suddenly jumped the 27-year-old victim and slashed him across the face and neck with a knife, cops said.
The man and his girlfriend had just walked out of the IHOP on 135th Street when the unprovoked attack happened, police sources said.
EMS rushed the victim to Harlem Hospital, he was listed in critical but stable condition.
Police canvassed the neighborhood for a suspect dressed in black and wearing Air Jordan sneakers but had yet to find him.
A man who works in a nearby building saw the incident on surveillance tape and detailed what happened for The Post.
“A man and woman were walking down the street, and a guy was walking beside them, like side-by-side. Then [the attacker] turns towards [the victim], looked him in the eye and pulled out — it looked like a box cutter — and sliced him on the neck,” the worker said.
“He didn’t know him,” the building employee added of the victim. “He even looked at the guy before he cut him and made a surprised face.”
Other neighborhood people were just as upset by the attack.
A worker from the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Homeless Shelter said, “I’m so surprised. I just want them to catch this guy. It’s so random, and it could have been me.”
William Modeste, 38, a local real-estate agent with Uptown Flats, added, “I think it’s a random attack and so unexpected.
“We always have plenty of visitors in the neighborhood, and when I heard about it, I just thought, ‘This person had cruelty on his mind.’ ”
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