CORONA, Queens — Police are searching for a man who fatally slashed his roommate’s throat Friday at a Manhattan homeless shelter, then slashed a livery cab driver Saturday morning in an attempted robbery.
The man has been identified as William Smith, 53. He is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.
The 43-year-old driver picked Smith up at 103 Street and Roosevelt Avenue, police said.
At 12:36 a.m. Saturday, in front of the Holiday Inn at 5840 Van Cleef St., the driver was dropping Smith off when he demanded cash from the victim, police said.
A struggle ensued inside the car, leaving the driver slashed in the neck and back, police said. Smith did not take anything from the victim and fled on foot.
Smith left his wallet and cellphone at the scene. The driver was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.
Police sources say Smith is the same man who slashed the throat of a man at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter in Kips Bay Friday.
EMS declared a 56-year-old man dead at the scene after he was found slashed in the neck in a disheveled room at the shelter. Smith is the deceased man’s roommate, police sources said.
Smith is still on the loose.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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