A thug shattered a bottle over a man’s head in McCarren Park in a brutal attack that left the victim needing surgery.
The vicious assault came after a Williamsburg man brushed against the assailant after exiting a cab on Driggs Avenue near N. 12th Street at around 10:45 pm on Jan. 24, the victim told The Brooklyn Paper.
The perp launched into an obscenity-filled tirade, but the victim says he avoided confrontation and entered Khim’s Millenium Market.
As the victim shopped, the hot-headed attacker stewed outside with a female companion, surveillance footage indicates.
The victim left the grocery store five minutes later and the thug chased him down, then smashed a bottle over his face near the dog run in McCarren Park.
“I almost blacked out a little,” said the victim, who declined to give his name because he believes his attacker lives in the neighborhood.
An onlooker called 911 and the attacker fled.
“I chased him down Bedford Avenue to N. 10th Street and the cops stopped me there,” the victim said.
Emergency responders took the victim to Woodhull Hospital where he received 37 stitches to his face and eight staples in his head. Doctors also took skin grafts from his ear and attached them to his left nostril, which had been ripped off when the glass shattered.
Police are still looking for the perpetrator.
Witnesses say the suspect is a “very young” Hispanic male between the ages of 16 and 20 who stands between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7 and has short, cropped black hair. The attacker was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans during the assault.
“I’ve never seen anything like that happen before,” said one witness who declined to give his name. “It was really shocking. Even as it was happening, I wasn’t really expecting it. That kid just seems unhinged. It was terrible.”
Investigators are reviewing videotape captured on cameras at Khim’s, which appear to show the perp lying in wait for the victim with a female companion.
The victim is planning on offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
Anyone with information about the assailant can call NYPD Crime Stoppers (800) 577-8477 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach reporter Aaron Short at email@example.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.