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Man slashes NYC boutique employee across the face: video

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Horrifying video footage shows a tracksuited man casually heading into a small Big Apple boutique — then leaping across the register to slash the lone store assistant across the face.

The attacker — wearing a distinctive black Adidas tracksuit with purple and orange bands on the arms — was caught on surveillance footage shared by the NYPD as he casually strolled down Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights just after 3:40 p.m. on Friday.

He paused to put his face up to the window of Steph’s Designs, walking inside to casually talk to the lone staffer, Desteny Cabrera, who did not know him, the NYPD said.

After initially having his hands in his pockets, within seconds of chatting he suddenly leaped across the counter — slashing the 22-year-old stranger across the face, the footage first shared by the store shows.

The knifeman fled from the store, tripping as he ran outside before racing across the street.

Footage posted by the store shows Cabrera standing up in shock — with blood pouring from her face into her hand.

“I nearly lost my life, I am beyond grateful and blessed to be alive!” Cabrera posted on social media of her attack, which police said left her being rushed to a hospital in “serious condition.”

“Due to the fact I was seriously injured and I left out which led me to emergency surgery I’ll be needing multiple reconstructions,” she posted — with more than $15,500 already raised in an online fundraiser.

“Thank you for everyone who has been texting, calling, DMing and most importantly sharing my story! I appreciate everyone tremendously!” she wrote.

Despite being a stranger, the store believes the same man was caught casing out the store exactly a week earlier — when his victim was not there because it was her birthday.

“Last Friday he passed by the store several times and actually got close to the windows to look inside as if he was looking for somebody and then walked away,” the store posted on social media alongside more video footage.

“As of now we are doing everything we can to locate this criminal,” the store wrote of the attack on its “dearly friend/sister/store manager Desteny.”

Police asked anyone with information on the attacker to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM



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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

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“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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