An attack in Riverside Park by a scissor wielding emotionally disturbed man left five people slashed and stabbed including a father and his toddler. According to the New York Times on Oct.1, a sunny fall day turned into a slasher movie-like scene along the Hudson River on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The man who was randomly slashing at people with the scissors was wrestled to the ground by a bystander, which stopped this rampage of stabbing. This random stabbing and slashing at innocent people started around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and lasted about 10 minutes until a man took the scissor wielding man down.
The suspect was identified as someone who had been living in a homeless shelter in the Bronx up until about a week ago. Julius Graham, 43, is under arrest in a psychiatric unit after hurting five people in the park.
Graham first approached a 36-year-old woman jogger who was resting under a tree. He stabbed her in the back. Just minutes later he approached a man, also 36, who was walking his dog. The man thought Graham had punched him in the stomach until he saw the stream of blood where Graham had just stabbed him. He moved onto his next victim, stabbing a 32-year-old woman who was jogging. He got this woman in the neck.
Probably the most horrific scene was when Graham approached a father pushing his son in a stroller. The father was stabbed in the chest as he tried to find off this crazed attacker intent on stabbing his son. The toddler was slashed on his arm.
The stroller sat eerily in the park with yellow crime scene tape surrounding it after the man was wrestled to the ground and held by a bystander until the police arrived. When this bystander saw a man with his toddler being slashed at by Graham, he went over and wrestled Graham to the ground.
The bystander was whisked away by police, but he refused to give his name to the reporters. People told him he was a real hero for not only stopping Graham, but holding him down until the police arrived.
He told the media that it was the father of the toddler who was the real hero. Witnesses said people came running out of the park saying there was a “madman stabbing people.”
The father of the toddler is in serious condition in St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. The four other victims, including the toddler, were transported to Roosevelt Hospital in Midtown. They are all expected to survive. Graham is in Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. He remains in custody while at the hospital.