COLLEGE POINT, Queens – Two people have been detained months after a Chinese exchange student was slashed in the face and groped while walking to school, police said Thursday.
The 16-year-old victim was walking on 13th Avenue near 147th Street the morning of Dec. 16, on her way to Whitestone Academy, when a 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.
The man said nothing before the attack, and was wearing a surgical mask and gloves at the time, police said.
The girl, who had been in the country for eight months, was rushed to a hospital immediately following the incident.
Wilson Lai, 25, of Queens, was arrested in the case and is facing a slew of charges, including rape, assault, criminal sex act, criminal mischief, conspiracy, act in a manner injurious to a child under 17, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment, police said.
Law enforcement sources told PIX11 News Lai was allegedly having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl and when that relationship ended, he allegedly hired a man to slash the girl. But the man he is accused of hiring attacked the wrong person.
The other man linked to the attack is in custody in Pennsylvania and has not been identified.