Suspects plead not guilty in tourist stabbing in Manhattan near Port Authority – NBC New York

A 61-year-old man pleaded not guilty to assault and weapons charges for stabbing a tourist in the chest as she walked along a sidewalk in one of the busiest parts of Midtown Manhattan, the district attorney announced.

Cyril Destin was charged Monday with assault, attempted assault and possession of a weapon in the May 11 attack on a 36-year-old woman near the Port Authority Bus Terminal at the corner of West 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Surveillance footage showed Destin sitting on his walker outside a bodega just after 6 p.m. He then stood up and grabbed a large kitchen knife as the woman walked past him, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said. As she passed him, Destin charged at the victim and shoved the gun into her chest.

After the incident, Destin sat back on his walker, still holding the knife. The victim staggered around, stunned by what had just happened. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Destin was taken into custody shortly afterwards.

According to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the woman was visiting the city with her daughter on a school trip.

“When tourists visit New York, they deserve to enjoy our city without fear for their safety. Cyril Destin jeopardized that by allegedly stabbing a woman who was on a school trip with her daughter and her daughter’s friend,” Bragg said. “I hope the victim continues to heal from this unprovoked attack.”

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