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LOWER MANHATTAN — Police are searching for a man they say slashed a woman in the face in Lower Manhattan Thursday evening.

Police say the slashing happened in front of Variety Cafe on Broadway near Rector Street around 5 p.m.

A 20 year old woman of Middle Eastern heritage told the NYPD, a stranger grabbed her arm, called her a terrorist, and slashed her face with an unknown object, said Assistant Chief William Aubry.

After the attack, the suspect, who was wearing a black ski mask, fled the scene northbound on Broadway.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a 2 inch laceration to the left side of her face.

She describes the subject as 5-feet 9-inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a black jacket, black ski cap, and blue jeans, Assistant Chief Aubry told PIX11 News.

Police say the slashing seems to be a random attack.

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