NEW YORK — Two women were slashed in the face Friday on New York City’s Lower East Side in what police called random attacks. Police responded to the first incident at 1:52 p.m. at Suffolk and Rivington Street where a 60-year-old woman was slashed in the face, an NYPD spokesperson told CBS News.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where she received 10 stitches, police said.
Seven minutes later, a 57-year-old woman was slashed in the face a few blocks away at Ridge and Delancey Street. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she had surgery for nerve damage, CBS New York reports.
Police discovered the suspect at 2:42 pm at the corner of Avenue D and East 3rd Street and took him into custody. On Saturday, an NYPD spokesperson identified the suspect as 30-year-old Shawn Thomas.
Police said they were recovered. They have not yet identified a motive.