MIDTOWN — A patient showed up to his appointment at a Manhattan doctor’s office Wednesday then allegedly stabbed a worker there, police said.
A 911 call was made about 10:30 a.m. from the third floor of 51 West 51st St., the location of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. That floor houses an outpatient facility for psychiatric care.
Police said a 25-year-old patient pulled out a knife and slashed a 32-year-old staffer in the abdomen. Neither man has been identified.
It was not immediately known whether the attack happened in an examining room or in the waiting area in front of other patients. An investigation is ongoing.
The suspected stabber was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, police said. He allegedly brought the weapon with him into the office but at the time of his arrest, the knife was no longer on his person, police said.
The victim, whose position at the office was not revealed, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
ColumbiaDoctors released this statement about the incident:
“A staff member at our ColumbiaDoctors West 51st Street clinical practice suffered a non-life-threatening knife injury. We are grateful to all the first-responders to this unfortunate event, including the FDNY and NYPD, and wish our staff member a quick recovery. Any further questions should be directed to NYPD.”