NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:56 AM
Cops have arrested the alleged slasher (left) in an incident at Silver Spurs Restaurant on LaGuardia Place near W. Houston St. late Wednesday.
Cops have cuffed the baby-faced assailant who slashed a 25-year-old man at a Greenwich Village diner, officials said Tuesday.
The alleged slasher was apprehended early Tuesday and was being questioned by detectives at the Sixth Precinct, officials said.
The teen’s name was not immediately disclosed. Charges were pending against him.
Victim Bobby Barbot, 25, needed 120 stitches to close the gash to his face following the confrontation at the Silver Spurs Restaurant on LaGuardia Place near W. Houston St. about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
“My face was all open, like a 6- or 7-inch wound,” Barbot, of the Bronx, told the Daily News “I can’t do nothing about it now. It happened. I’m lucky that I’m alive.”
The teen was allegedly pestering patrons inside the Silver Spurs restaurant when Barbot asked him to leave.
Barbot said the gash cut clear through the left side of his face, with half the stitches sewn inside his mouth to close the huge wound.
Barbot said he was inside the restaurant when the teen — who wore braces with blue rubber bands on his teeth — came in and started asking customers for donations for a basketball team.
The victim asked him to leave, but the teen said he would return.
When he did a few minutes later, Barbot met him in the vestibule, telling him again that he couldn’t come inside.
The next thing Barbot knew, he was bleeding.
“He slashed me quick,” Barbot said. “I really couldn’t do anything.”
Cops released surveillance images of the teen, as well as three others who accompanied him to the restaurant.
Wednesday’s slashing was one of more than a half dozen blade attacks to hit the city last week, yet Police Commissioner Bill Bratton insisted that the streets are safer than ever.
“These things are unfortunate, they occur. But the actual reality is that crime is continuing to go down in the city,” Bratton said Thursday on WOR-AM.