The masked man who slashed a 16-year-old girl in the face as she was walking to school in Queens last month is believed to have returned to the girl's home Monday to vandalize a car and leave a note indicating the victim was not the intended target, according to police sources.
Three weeks after the Chinese exchange student was slashed in the neck and cheek by a man wearing a surgical mask and gloves in Whitestone, police were called to the home where she's staying to investigate a car vandalism.
Three tires on the 2014 black Lexus parked in front of the home were slashed and the windows were glued, sources said. Eggs were also found broken on the car, which wasn't occupied at the time.
The sources said surveillance video shows two men vandalizing the car and leaving. One man then returns a short time later to leave a letter in the windshield.
The letter was addressed to someone who lives in the home with the victim and said "you [expletive] with the wrong person" and that it was going to be "an exciting year" for her, according to the sources.
The author of the letter also apologized to the girl he attacked, saying she was not the target.
The relationship between the victim and the intended target wasn't immediately clear, though they live in the same house.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce confirmed Thursday it appears the slasher meant to target another person living in the house.
"This young lady -- who had really nothing to do with it, she was in the country for a very short time from China -- she was misidentified by someone," said Boyce.
The sources said police will not be releasing the video of the vandals.
The attack near 13th Avenue and 146th Street in December left families in the quiet residential neighborhood frightened, and a local lawmaker said the suspect may have harrassed others in the area.
"We've been receiving some calls since yesterday that a similar-looking individual has been harassing females in the neighborhood," state assemblyman Ron Kim said the day after the attack.
"I can't fathom this happening to a girl around my age. It scares me. I don't know if I want to walk home for the rest of the winter," said 17-year-old Victoria Castellano, who walks the same block where the 16-year-old was slashed every day.
Kim said he has visited the girl, and doctors have told him the attacker missed major arteries but there are still concerns about possible nerve damage and disfiguring scars.
The victim is a student at the Whitestone Academy school and has been in the United States for eight months, police said.