UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) — The man suspected of randomly attacking four people in Union Square with a box cutter and his bare hands is now under arrest after a two day manhunt. Police say 24-year-old Derrick Mcleod has been charged with five counts of assault and four counts criminal possession of a weapon.
On Wednesday, subway surveillance cameras at the at Broadway-Lafayette station captured a heavyset man in a white hoodie, black vest and jeans boarding a northbound 4 train at 1:20 a.m. According to police, he appeared to target random individuals in the train car asking, some of them for money.
He first walked up to a 35-year-old man, and punched him while holding the exposed box cutter in his hand. The man suffered cuts and a puncture wound to the right side of his face. Police say McCleod got off the train and ran into Union Square station, where he slapped a 20-year-old woman before running up to the street.
Near East 15th Street and Union Square East, he allegedly slashed a 46-year-old man across the face after the victim refused to give him two dollars. Moments later, cops say, he crossed the street and slashed a 59-year-old who was waiting for the bus after the man wouldn't give him a dollar.
All four victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition.