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Tour bus driver slashed and stabbed by knife-wielding beggar in NYC

A tour bus driver was slashed and stabbed to death by a knife-wielding beggar who was haggling with his passengers for money in Midtown late Tuesday, police officers said.

The 53-year-old driver parked the double-decker bus on Eighth Avenue near West 42nd Street around 11:40 p.m. when Hector Cruz, 40, approached passengers and begged for money, police said.

The beggar eventually got on the bus and started brandishing a razor blade. Cruz allegedly punched the driver in the face and torso and stabbed him in the chest.

After the attack, he initially fled, but police caught up with him a few blocks away.

The knife-wielding maniac was arrested and charged with assault, threats, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of weapons, harassment, disorderly conduct and loitering, authorities said.

The incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday.
The incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday.
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The tramp was arrested and charged shortly after the incident.
The tramp was arrested and charged shortly after the incident.
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The blade was recovered, police said.

Cruz is “known to the department,” but police could not immediately provide details of his previous arrests.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/29/tour-bus-driver-slashed-stabbed-by-razor-wielding-panhandler-in-nyc/ Tour bus driver slashed and stabbed by knife-wielding beggar in NYC

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