An attack in Riverside Park in NYC was carried out by a lunatic waving around scissors. Five victims were stabbed and slashed during the man’s rampage before he was subdued Tuesday morning by a brave passerby, reports The New York Times on Oct. 1.
The attack occurred in New York City’s Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning. The unprovoked assault by homeless man Julius James Graham left five residents with moderate to serious injuries, including an 18-month-old boy and his father.
Graham was taken down by a passing good Samaritan, who declined to be identified and called himself “no hero.” The man subdued Graham until police arrived.
“[Graham] was looking for people he could mess with,” said a 57-year-old eyewitness named Eddie. “He was looking for trouble.”
“I'm no hero,” said the unidentified man. Speaking of the father who fought off the attack on his son and was also stabbed, the man said, “The guy with the baby is the hero.”
The NY Times provided a timeline of the events:
The random rampage lasted less than 10 minutes. Graham first approached a 36-year-old woman jogging and stabbed her in the back. A few minutes later, he attacked a 36-year-old man who was walking his dog. The man thought that Graham had only punched him in the stomach, but realized after that he had been stabbed.
Graham next attacked a 32-year-old woman in the neck who was jogging farther south along the path, then confronted the 35-year-old man as he was pushing his 2-year-old son in a stroller.
Graham was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center for evaluation and remains in custody. All of his victims are expected to recover.