Manhunt underway after woman slashed in the back of her head in unprovoked attack in New York City

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD recently released captured video footage of a seemingly unprovoked attack where a woman was slashed on the back of the head with an unknown object by a male assailant.

Here are the details known so far on the case. 

NYPD officials say that the incident occurred on December 22nd at approximately 4:20 a.m. along the corner of Fulton Street and Franklin Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

The 24-year-old female victim was approached by the male from behind in a nonchalant fashion, who then produced some sort of object that reportedly sliced the back of the woman’s head. 

Detective Denise Moroney from the NYPD said that there was no sort of exchange that occurred between the victim and the suspect seen in the video: 

“He slashed her in the back of the head. Prior to her getting assaulted, there was not a verbal exchange.”

The suspect was said to have ran northbound on Franklin Avenue following in attack. As for the victim, she was reportedly transported to Kings County Hospital by EMS where she was said to have needed six stitches for the laceration she received. 

Police have described the suspect as being between 48 and 50-years-old, standing at approximately five foot ten and weighing around 180 pounds. 

He was last seen wearing a black coat, blue sweatshirt and blue sweatpants. 

Authorities are asking that anyone with information on the incident or suspect to please contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Tipsters are also able to submit information on the cae by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

In other ongoing investigations in New York City, a staffer of Governor Cuomo was the victim in an unprovoked attack where he was struck in the head with a cinder block. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in December. 

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NEW YORK, NY- Maybe this will grab the attention of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The New York Daily News is reporting that a staffer who works for Cuomo in the city was slammed in the back of the head with a brick or cinder block as she walked down a city street in Midtown on Thursday.

Lisa Cavanaugh, 51 was walking along Third Ave. at E. 47th St., about six blocks from Cuomo’s downtown Manhattan offices when the suspect came up behind her, sources told the paper.

The suspect, a black male who was wearing a long black trench-type coat committed the random attack, then ran west toward E. 48th St., NYPD officials said. The NYPD released photos and surveillance footage of the suspect, who was bald and had a face mask down around his chin.

Cavanaugh, who did not lose consciousness was rushed to Bellevue Hospital to close gashes on her head, sources told the News.

The New York Post said the attack occurred in broad daylight at around 2:15 p.m. in front of a construction site. Cavanaugh works in Cuomo’s Manhattan office as a recruitment and appointments officer. Officials believed Cavanaugh was heading home from work on Christmas Eve afternoon.

The attack, which was unprovoked was witnessed by two people who alerted authorities, police said.

The Post said that people familiar with the situation told them that Cavanaugh required several stitches and that the hospital was “taking care of her.”

This is a developing story. We will report back as additional information becomes available. 

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In a more lighthearted matter caught on camera, a man was found to be roller skating along an Ohio highway while wearing a panda bear mask – and only a panda bear mask. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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COLUMBUS, OH – Anyone with more than a few days in any branch of law enforcement has those moments where you have to ask yourself, “What the heck?”  This is one of those moments.

A white male was caught on camera rollerblading naked down an eight-lane Ohio highway while wearing only a giant plush panda head, and his skates. 

Man with giant Panda head seen roller skating on Ohio highway – naked, other than the Panda head
Screenshot courtesy of Vimeo

The roller-streaker was seen zipping at a remarkably high speed while clutching a golf club on I-670 in Columbus on December 16th, angering and bewildering drivers who honked and gawked.

During the video footage, one motorist exclaimed:

“This dude’s on the freeway naked!”

When the driver honks, the birthday-suited skater moves to the shoulder of the highway to let his car pass, the video shows.

The strange individual’s identity wasn’t known as of December 18th, according to authorities, who told WTRF-TV that the naked guy’s choice of transit was their biggest concern.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation took a very serious tact on the non-serious measure:

“Pedestrians are not permitted on interstate highways. There are signs posted at all the entrance ramps. This is a safety issue.”

Perhaps people in Ohio are trying to compete with Florida residents for unusual news stories.

We at Law Enforcement Today, though, think the folks in Florida have a considerable head start in the competition. 

Florida never fails to disappoint when it comes to crazy stories.  Case in point:

The headline is wild in and of itself:

“Meth fueled, mud covered, naked Florida Man shakes off two tasers, bites K-9 and fist fights officer then spits on another.”

That’s a Florida-unique headline if we’ve ever seen one.

Night out? Drinks with friends?  Formal event?  Quiet evening at home watching television? 

Nope. 38-year-old Donald Watts from Columbia County, Florida did something different. 

Officers responded to a call of a man doing meth. They arrived to find a naked man covered in mud, who at first ran into a mobile home, and then came out of the door swinging. He proceeded to run into some nearby woods.

Before continuing to pursue Watts, the two deputies waited for backup to arrive. A deputy responded with his K-9, Casper, along with five other deputies. 

They found Watts in the woods, where he “got on his hands and knees and began to growl like a dog,” the report said.

The report said Casper was given the command to apprehend Watts, who:

“leaped up, grabbed Casper by the head, and bit Casper’s ear as he drove Casper to the ground,” 

As Casper was being choked, he was fighting back by attempting to grab Watts any way he could, the report said.

Once Casper got free, he bit Watts on the head.

Two officers deployed tasers on Watts, but they were initially ineffective.  As he was brought out of the woods, Watts spit on another deputy.

Watts was taken to hospital to be treated for the dog bite.

He was arrested on charges of simple battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery on a service dog, and then booked in the Columbia County Detention Facility.

The beginning of the story is just as peculiar. 

Dispatchers said they received a 911 call from someone on Southeast Brawley Terrace about a person being in his yard with a flashlight. 

Deputies could see the flashlight intermittently and could also hear “strange noises.”

They eventually found Watts, who was in a shallow creek or ditch with water, and:

“he was completely naked with mud covering his body,” 

Watts was “pacing back and forth laughing” and making what sounded like “his attempt at bird noises,” the report said.

A woman told deputies that Watts had been using methamphetamine.

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