A dispute between a customer and an employee of an Upper East Side juice shop led to an extreme act of violence late Wednesday.
NYPD officials say the incident took place at about 8:23 p.m. at Juice Island, located at 1025 Third Avenue between 60th and 61st streets.
Following the verbal dispute, police say “the female proceeded to pick up a knife from the counter. The unknown female then used the knife to stab the victim in the head, neck, back and hands.”
The 39-year-old employee was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition.
The suspect fled the location on foot, heading east on 61st Street.
In a follow up interview by CBS New York, it was revealed that the victim, Luis Vasquez, had been released from the hospital with “stitches on his neck, staples on his head and a big bandage around his right hand” – and that the altercation was sparked over a price tag the assailant couldn’t swing.
The woman had visited the store earlier in the day to order an item, and when she didn’t have enough money to pay for it, she told Vasquez she was going to “come back.”
Surveillance video obtained by CBS2 shows the woman entering the store, grabbing a knife from the counter, and running to the back to find Vasquez, who now says he’s not sure if he will return to work.
The sought individual is described as a female with medium to dark complexion. She is approximately 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5’6” tall and has blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a pink or purple hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black and white sneakers.
Anyone with relevant information 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 or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter. All calls are strictly confidential.