Investigations are underway in New York City for a man who threw a chair at an unsuspecting diner in an unprovoked attack, then picked up his cell phone and fled the scene.
Join me at midnight tonight on @77WABCradio Look at this maniac! A man hurls a chair at an unsuspecting 66 year old man eating outside a Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria — and then grabs the victim’s phone. #crime #mentalillness #NewYorkCity pic.twitter.com/ewKSC7P9Hm
— Dominic Carter (@DominicTV) September 22, 2022
The incident happened on Sept. 9 around 10:30 p.m. at Amore Pizza Café on West 58th Street near Ninth Avenue.
The 66-year-old victim of the attack was eating at a pizzeria when a man casually strolled up to the table in front of the table where the man was eating. He immediately threw the chair at the victim, who was struck squarely and knocked out of his chair to the ground.
The victim’s cell phone flew from his hand, and the man ran to retrieve it before turning the corner and fleeing the scene.
The man was last seen wearing black-and-white-checkered shoes and a blue t-shirt.
Following the attack, the victim sought treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and is recovering from a broken forearm bone.
The incident comes after a brutal stabbing on Tuesday, during which a man was killed after complaining to another man for not saying “thank you” for holding the door open for him.
“It was just about not saying ‘thank you’ for opening the door for him,” the store clerk, who witnessed the stabbing, told reporters.
The clerk said he attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the fight continued onto the street. The victim punched the man as he tried to get on his e-bike, at which point the man got off and stabbed the victim in the neck and abdomen.
According to recent statistics, crime is on the rise in New York City, with robberies showing a 38 percent increase since 2021 and burglaries jumping up 32 percent during the same time period. Grand larcenies also rose 44 percent, with grand larceny auto showing a 38 percent spike.