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New York police are looking for a man who allegedly attacked a Chase bank security guard in the neck with a knife Friday morning on the Upper East Side.
The suspect arrived at the bank before it opened, authorities said, and was told by the security guard that he could not enter yet.
When the guard let the bank employees in before it opened, the suspect was reportedly upset that they were allowed in, when he was not.
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He entered once the bank was open around 9 a.m. and reportedly became belligerent with a teller. The manager asked him to leave and the guard got involved telling him to leave as well.
After a tense verbal exchange, the suspect allegedly slashed or stabbed the guard in the neck.
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EMS rushed the guard to a hospital in critical condition after the suspect fled the bank at 244 East 86th Street, according to the NYPD. There was no update on his condition Friday afternoon.
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Police say the suspect is a Hispanic male who was wearing a white shirt. He had “long curly hair” and appeared to be in his twenties. He fled west on foot.
Footage from the scene shows bloodstains outside the bank’s front door, with police standing guard after the attack.
Although the altercation happened at a bank, police said they did not immediately have surveillance footage of the suspect.
“Our thoughts are with the security guard and his family, and we are cooperating with the police,” a Chase spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Friday.
The attack is the latest in a wave of violent crimes plaguing New York City, which has residents on edge, according to a recent survey.
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Police statistics show criminal assaults are up almost 20% year-to-date on Sunday, this year compared to last year, and almost 30% compared to 2020.