According to cops and witnesses, a man was stabbed in the neck with scissors near Times Square on Saturday as revelers packed the streets to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year.
According to police, the slashing happened around 8:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when a fight broke out between two men on West 42nd Street and 6th Avenue.
The victim grabbed a pair of scissors from his backpack when the attacker landed a punch, knocking him out, according to a tourist visiting from San Diego for the first time to watch the New Year’s Eve festivities.
The knifeman then snatched the other man’s weapon and stabbed him.
“A guy with a book bag got knocked out. He was digging through his book bag. The guy with the bag was holding scissors. He pulled 2-inch scissors out of his bag. The guy who hit him knocked the scissors out of his hand and jabbed him in the neck three times,” the man, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Brandon, said.
“He was bleeding pretty bad in his neck. He did damage when he stabbed him with the scissors … When I saw him digging through the bag, we moved away.”
Cops allegedly apprehended the attacker and took the victim to the hospital.
Brandon’s girlfriend, Bailey, stated that the brawling pair appeared to be inebriated. According to her, the attacker was sitting with a girl and a case of beer.
Gabriel, another witness, said there was a lot of blood.
“I was staring at the ball and I saw a big commotion and I saw someone do this like three times to someone’s neck,” Gabriel said, making a stabbing gesture.
“I saw a bunch of blood so I’m assuming he got stabbed. Everybody was yelling ‘yo it’s not worth it!”
'Saw a bunch of blood': Man stabbed in the neck with scissors near Times Square as revelers packed the streets to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year https://t.co/G1KL3VvlTV— Connor Ryan (@connortryan) January 1, 2023
Brandon and Bailey stated that the bloody New Year’s Eve attack would deter them from returning to New York for the festivities.
“When people ask me how the ball dropped, I’ll tell them that story … I will say I saw some guy get stabbed in the neck in New York City. Very typical New York City,” Bailey told The Post.
“I probably won’t see the ball drop again.”
The scissor stabbing was the second on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
At 11 a.m., a man was stabbed “about eight times” near Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street.
The night before, a man was stabbed near Times Square on West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.