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Man not let into Manhattan church event exposes himself, attacks 3 people: police

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — A man is being sought for exposing himself then attacking three people in separate incidents after attempting to get into a church function in Greenwich Village over the weekend, police said Monday.

The violent rampage began in a Greenwich Village smoke shop, where store owner Dushyant Patel said the apparently intoxicated or high man hurled racial slurs Saturday night. Officials say he also left fingerprints, which were lifted.

The man then allegedly attempted to get into an event at a church, where he exposed himself to members before taking off.

He then attacked three people in separate incidents within three minutes, police said.

A woman, 22, was slashed in the face, causing a laceration to her lip, at 10 p.m. on Christopher Street, between Bleeker Street and Seventh Avenue, according to police.

The man then attacked a man, 35, standing nearby, causing a laceration to his nose, at 10:02 p.m., police said.

Both victims were hospitalized.

A second man, 60, was attacked at 10:03 p.m., again causing a laceration to his mouth. Police said the third victim was not treated for his injury.

The attacker sought is described as being in his mid 20s,  standing about 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds, and last seen wearing all dark clothing.

On Saturday, police said the man also had a blade.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).