A panhandler stabbed a patron with a steak knife inside of a steakhouse in Harlem Friday afternoon.
Police are now on the hunt for the man after he stabbed the victim at Pee Dee Steakhouse on West 125th Street . The panhandler approached the 30-year-old victim and other customers, begging for money
The victim told the panhandler to leave him alone when asked to give money:
“He said something to me, I was just like, ‘dude, get away from me, leave me alone, I don’t know you, like stop talking to me,”.
Afterwards, the man grabbed a steak knife from another customer and stabbed him in the back.
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Before the stabbing, the customer tried to escort him out of the restaurant:
“Of course I was scared, like damn I got a whole knife in my back,”
“He’s talking, he’s doing all of this stuff. Why hasn’t he been moved out of here yet? Why hasn’t the police been called?”
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The manager of Pee Dee’s Steakhouse told CBS2 the panhandler attempted to attack him:
“As soon as I saw the knife, it was just like, ‘Woah, what’s going on here? Get this knife out of his hand, get this knife out of his hand,”
The patron was transported to Harlem Hospital, where doctors performed surgery to have the knife removed from his back. He added that the experience has him shaken up:
“If somebody asks me for money next time, they might get it. I don’t really want to get hurt man, it’s got me kind of shaky,”
The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown eyes and a burgundy mark on his head. He was seen wearing a blue jacket with a yellow scarf and brown boots.