Attack in Riverside Park: A deranged homeless man attacked five people, including a toddler in Riverside Park, New York City, on Tuesday.
An apparently homeless, emotionally disturbed man went on a rampage with scissors along a busy bike path on Tuesday, slashing or stabbing five people, including a 1-year-old boy.
The victims — the child plus two women and two men in their 30s — were expected to survive, though one of the women was listed in critical condition.
Witnesses heard screaming and a child crying at about 8 a.m. in Manhattan's Riverside Park along the Hudson River near West 65th Street, an elegantly landscaped stretch of greenery flanked by luxury residential high-rises.
After the surprise attack on a sunny fall morning, police officers grabbed a suspect and took him into custody.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly identified him as Julius Graham, a 43-year-old Texas native who had been living in a Bronx shelter. Kelly said he used half a pair of scissors in the attack.
According to the police commissioner, Graham first approached a jogger and stabbed her in the back. Police said he also attacked a man walking his dog, then a woman running along the path, stabbing her in the neck.
Finally, Graham attacked a man pushing his son in a stroller, Kelly said. Graham stabbed the man in the chest as he faced the attacker to protect his son and slashed the boy in the arm, Kelly said.
Graham was taken to a hospital for evaluation and couldn't be reached for comment.
Witnesses say that bystanders intervened and held the attacker down until police arrived.
A New York City Park Advocates spokesman, Geoffrey Croft, called the attack the latest episode in a "troubling trend" of violence in city parks.