Bronx man slashed in face in front of bodega; suspect arrested

MORRISANIA, the Bronx — The suspect accused of slashing a man in the face in front of a Bronx bodega Tuesday night has been arrested.

Michael Hall, 38, of the Bronx, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Duve Williams was standing in front of the bodega, located near Melrose Avenue and East 161st Street in the Morrisania section of the Bronx when a man ran up to him and allegedly slashed his face with an unknown, but sharp instrument.

The attack happened so quickly Williams did not know he had been slashed until he saw blood coming from his face. His attacker did not say anything to him during the incident.

Williams is known as a panhandler who frequents the area where the bodega is located to ask for spare change. Now, he says he won't return to the bodega ever again because he fears the man who allegedly slashed him. Williams lives just one block away from where the slashing occurred.

Williams said he did not know who the man was.

Williams, who is bipolar, now has a scar and 15 stitches he will wear for life. But he said he forgives his assailant.