THE BRONX (PIX11) — A 26-year-old man with autism was attacked by two men Tuesday in the Bronx, according to police.

The victim was at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and East 154th Street when two unknown men chased him and slashed him on the arm, police said. The victim’s mother said she was out running errands with her son when the men started to hit him with a stick and punch him.

“They started fighting with him, then one guy pulled a knife,” the mother told PIX11 News.

The men allegedly took some of the victim’s clothing after the attack as well. The mother claimed that her son eventually ran to the 40th Precinct to look for help.

It remained unclear, as of Tuesday evening, why the men attacked the victim. In the meantime, neither the mother nor the victim feels safe leaving the house with the suspects on the loose.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.