The teenager accused of slashing a bus boy at Silver Spurs has now been arrested.
Police announced yesterday that they were in custody of the man suspected of entering the Greenwich Village diner in order to solicit donations and then slashing a 25-year-old employee during a subsequent argument. Now they’ve identified him as 16-year-old Domincio Howington, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village. He faces an assault charge and four charges of criminal possession of a weapon.
The incident occurred in the 6th Precinct and was not a random attack, but it came as New Yorkers were on edge about a series of troubling street slashings. Last week, the 9th Precinct’s commanding officer, Peter J. Venice, told Bedford + Bowery how East Villagers could avoid such attacks: “Be aware of your surroundings and stop staring at your cell phones while you’re walking.”
Additional reporting by Mary Reinholz.