02/04/2015 02:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

NYPD Seeks Slashing Spree Suspect Who Attacked 4 Near Union Square

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The NYPD is searching for the man who they say attacked three people with a box cutter and punched a fourth early Wednesday morning. At least two of the victims said the man attacked them after they refused to hand over paltry sums of money.

Grainy security footage released by police shows the attacker, who is described as a heavy-set black man in his 20s.

The suspect went on a slashing rampage beginning on a northbound #4 train around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. The suspect approached a 35-year-old man on the train and stabbed him in the right side of his face.

Both the attacker and the first victim got off at Union Square station, whereupon the suspect fled. As he ran out of the station, the suspect allegedly slapped a woman in the face, then approached a second man, 46, and asked for $2. When the man refused, the suspect allegedly stabbed him in the face, too.

A third man, 59, was stabbed in the face while waiting for the M14 bus near Union Square. The victim said the suspect had come up to him and asked him for a dollar, which the victim refused.

All victims were taken to Bellevue hospital for treatment, where they were reported in stable condition.

WPIX reports that the suspect was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black vest, blue jeans and red sneakers.

The New York Daily News has more from the police:

Police sources described the slasher as a heavy-built and clean shaven black man with a missing tooth, 5-foot-9, 180-pounds, age 20-25. He was last seen wearing red and white sneakers, a black knit hat and a grey hoodie and was heading south towards Broadway from the train station, they said.

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