A female panhandler and her male friend stabbed a New York City construction worker outside a Times Square CVS after he told them to ‘f**** off’ when they asked him for cash.
The attack took place on Friday January 7, shortly before 8.30pm.
According to the NYPD, the male victim was approaching the CVS when the woman and her friend – neither of whom have been identified – asked the man for money.
He told them to ‘f***’ off then went into the store and emerged a short time later.
As he came out of the store, the woman yelled: ‘Remember what you said to me? Remember what you did?’
Her male friend then tossed liquid on the victim and stabbed him in the back before fleeing with $340 in cash and a Samsung tablet.
The victim is shown on the ground being attacked by the female panhandler and her male friend on January 7 outside CVS near Times Square
Suspects: The female panhandler in a white hat, and her male friend in a grey hat, entering the subway after the attack
The man survived with minor injuries, and police are now hunting for the pair who attacked him.
The NYPD has released surveillance footage stills of the pair entering the subway after the attack.
They are both wearing hats and thick jackets and have their noses and mouths covered.
The attack is the latest in a string of violent incidents across New York that is exasperating police and residents.
As they fought, bystanders watched on from the busy Manhattan street on Friday
The suspect is shown entering the subway after the attack on Friday
Since 2020, crime in New York has soared thanks to a combination of laxed bail reforms and lack of police
Since 2020, crime in New York has soared thanks to a combination of laxed bail reforms and lack of police.
The new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, has vowed to take an even softer touch on criminals.
His office said they will not seek prison or jail time for suspects or offenders unless there is no other option.
He will also downgrade some felonies, like armed robbery to petit larceny.
The announcement came in a memo from his office last week and spooked police unions, who said he was emboldening criminals.
He defended it afterwards, saying he would not prosecute people for being homeless or addicted to drugs.