Detectives arrested a Queens man Thursday on charges he brutally slashed another man in the face last weekend in Manhattan, officials said.
Francis Salud was arrested by detectives just before noon as he exited an apartment building in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, NYPD Assistant Chief William Aubry said.
Salud had been identified through a surveillance video image that police said captured him walking in the East Village on Saturday around the time a suspect slashed a 32-year-old man walking near Second Avenue, said Aubry, who is in charge of Manhattan detectives. He said the motive for the attack was unclear, but suggested Salud had psychological issues.
The slashing was so severe that the victim required 150 stitches to close the wound, Aubry said.
Salud was arrested in October after police said he slashed a man near Bellevue Hospital in an apparent dispute over a cigarette, Aubry said. That victim required 72 stitches, according to police, and Salud was out on bail after that arrest.
The break in the more recent slashing case came after Detective Nancy Yule began backtracking through recent slashing cases and compared the video of the Saturday attack with a mug shot of Salud, Aubry said.
Police were in the process of getting a warrant to search the apartment where Salud was staying.