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Attacker on the loose after deadly Hell’s Kitchen stabbing: police

HELL'S KITCHEN, Manhattan — Police are searching for the culprit who stabbed a man to death in Hell's Kitchen early Monday morning.

A man was fatally stabbed in Hell's Kitchen on Aug. 20, 2018. (Anthony Dilorenzo/ PIX11)

The sole witness — a cab driver — told PIX11 he saw a man running toward Times Square. Police are now looking for surveillance video to verify it was the attacker.

Salman Malik was driving on West 46th Street near Ninth Avenue at about 3 a.m. when he saw an object in the middle of the street. Malik said he thought it was a garbage bag, but realized it was a man after he came closer.

Malik said he first thought the man was drunk but noticed he was bleeding with a stab wound to his chest. He said the victim was gasping for air then stopped breathing after about 60 seconds.

Malik called 911 and said first responders arrived within five minutes.

First responders gave the victim CPR and took him to a hospital hospital where he later died.

Police said the victim appears to be in his 30s. He did not have any identification on him.

Anyone with information is urged to call NYPD's anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).