A seemingly furious customer stabbed a security guard in the neck at an Upper East Side bank on Friday morning and left him clinging to life after he was told the services he needed had to be made over the phone, police and law enforcement sources said.
The uniformed private security guard was stabbed by the assailant just after 9 a.m. inside the Chase Bank lobby on East 86th Street near Second Avenue, cops said.
He was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition, police said. As of Friday afternoon, he was in stable condition, cops said.
“People were screaming,” said fruit vendor Md Iqbal, 50, who witnessed the aftermath.
“There were a lot of police.
The suspect showed up at the bank before it opened and initially argued with the security guard after he asked to enter and was told he would have to wait as the location was not yet open, law enforcement sources said. .
When the suspect saw workers entering the premises, he became furious, thinking they were customers, the sources said.
The attacker returned later when the bank opened, met an employee and became furious again when told that the services he needed could not be provided at the bank and had to be processed over the phone, according to the sources.
At this point the suspect began to cause a scene and was asked to leave by the bank manager, but before leaving the scene he stabbed the security guard in the vestibule, the sources said.
The bloodied guard was later discovered by a worker.
A few hours after the incident, the cops are still looking for the attacker.
He is believed to be Hispanic with long curly hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt.
Additional report by Gabrielle Fonrouge