Man arrested in slashing of woman in Central Park

In Manhattan, NYPD section off an area of

In Manhattan, NYPD section off an area of Central park near 103rd Street where a woman was slashed earlier in the day. (Dec. 5, 2012) (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after a female acquaintance was slashed in the middle of a Central Park knoll, NYPD officials said.

Police planned last night to charge the man, whose name they did not release, with assaulting the woman with a knife near Central Park West and 103rd Street around 11 a.m.

Cops came and chased the suspect up and down a hill before capturing him, an eyewitness said.

"When they went up there they drew their guns and told him to get on the floor," Michael Hernandez, 23, who works as a doorman at a nearby building, said.

The NYPD said the suspect and victim were a couple, but couldn't say whether the woman was the alleged attacker's wife or girlfriend.

The woman, also 30, and whom the police also did not identify, was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in stable condition.

The suspect slashed himself during the ordeal, police said, and was taken to the same hospital.

Three officers were treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for minor injuries suffered during the suspect's arrest.

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