Police have released photos of what they call people of interest in the slashing of a waiter at a Greenwich Village restaurant earlier this week.
The photos recently released by police show a group of young people. Police said the young man in the green jacket (color photo) is believed to be the panhandler.
A waiter needed 120 stitches after he was slashed across the face by a panhandler begging for money at the Silver Spurs restaurant Wednesday night.
The panhandler was in the restaurant around 8 p.m. begging customers for money for a "basketball team," so the manager asked him to leave, police said.
But the panhandler said "I'll be back" and returned moments later and slashed a 25-year-old waiter across the face.
The slashing was one of three blade attacks in the city over the last couple of days.
On Thursday, a person was slashed outside of a busy clothing store in lower Manhattan.
And a 33-year-old man was also stabbed by a robber as he walked down an Upper West Side street late Thursday afternoon.
"We've been here over 20 years," said Silver Spurs manager Andy Pirgousis. "Nothing like this has ever happened."
The waiter was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday night.
He had to get stitches to close up injuries to his face and was eventually released, police said. Pirgousis said that the worker is expected to be back at work on Monday.
"He's going to be ok," Pirgousis said. "That's a good thing."
No arrests have been made in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.