COLLEGE POINT, Queens – A teenage exchange student from China was slashed in the face while walking to school Wednesday morning, according to police.
The 16-year-old girl was walking on 13th Ave. near 147th Street around 8:15 a.m., on her way to Whitestone Academy, when an unidentified man attacked her from behind – groping her before slashing the girl twice in the face with a box cutter, leaving a gash from her ear to her throat.
He said nothing to the girl before the attack, and then fled on foot down 13th Ave. toward 146 Street, according to Chief Robert Boyce. Police say the attacker was wearing a surgical mask and gloves.
Paramedics rushed her to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she is in stable condition.
The victim has been in the country for eight months, according to police.
The suspect is described as a male last seen wearing a black hood and black stripes on the sleeves.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.