An attack in Riverside Park injured a toddler and multiple others as a homeless man wielding scissors went on a violent rampage that came to an end only when a bystander tackled the suspect, UPI reported on Oct. 1.
The attack in Riverside Park occurred early on Tuesday morning as the New York City park was populated with joggers, walkers, bikers and others enjoying the nice fall day.
The serenity in Riverside Park was disrupted when a man identified as Julius Graham, 43, began a violent, random attack by first stabbing a 36-year-old woman in the back. That attack in Riverside Park was followed by an attack on a 36-year-old man, who was slashed in the stomach. A jogger, 32, had her neck slashed by the scissors-wielding attacker at the park.
Also victims in the attack in Riverside Park were James Fayette, 35, and his two-year-old son, who was riding in a stroller and sustained a slash to his arm that required stitches.
Passerby Thomas Ciriacks saw the man and the toddler being attacked and tackled the Riverside Park attacker, holding him down until police arrived.
The Riverside Park attacker was being held in custody at Bellevue Hospital Center, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.
The attack in Riverside Park took place within just 10 minutes, the New York Times reported.
The Riverside Park attacker had been living in a homeless shelter in the Bronx as recently as one week ago, the Times reported.
All the victims were receiving medical treatment and expected to survive the attack in Riverside Park.