Cops are looking for the man they say attacked a couple walking in Prospect Park early this morning.
The assault occurred at about 1:30 am on July 30, according to authorities, who say a man and woman were walking along the east drive of the park when a man in his mid-20s to mid-30s emerged from the trees and confronted the couple, who were said to be on a date.
Police say the suspect — described as a Black man in all-black clothing — then stabbed the man in the chest and fled the scene.
Emergency medical services rushed the man, age 37, to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition as of Thursday morning. The woman, police said, was unharmed.
The couple was near the Prospect Park Skating Rink at the time of the stabbing, cops said, which comes amid a spike in crime citywide. The NYPD, which has stepped up patrol in the area following the incident, could not say whether the attack was unprovoked, or if there were any known motives.
Musician TC Elliston, who spent the night sleeping in the park’s plaza near the skating rink, said he and his fellow campers hadn’t heard anything about the attack.
“I don’t know who it could’ve done this, but maybe it was a jealous boyfriend, who knows,” Elliston speculated. “I haven’t heard anything going on here.”
Jonathan Fairsmith, who runs near the route where the alleged assault occurred, said he finds Prospect Park to be pretty safe.
“You never know what is going on here at night, but I’ve found it fairly safe when out running. A lot of people are using the park lately,” Fairsmith said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.
This story first appeared on AMNY.com.