NYC security guard slashed by scissor-wielding maniac describes bloody attack as passers-by ‘kept walking’

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An off-duty security guard randomly slashed by a scissor-wielding nut job in Greenwich Village said Friday the city is “getting very, very dangerous” — after the attacker “tried to stab me in my chest” and nobody stepped in to help.

Diogenes Jaquez, Jr.,  24, told The Post he had just finished an overnight shift and was headed to the West Fourth Street subway station in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood around 9 a.m. when he heard a crazed man shouting.

“I turned around and just saw some guy just standing in front of me. He just charged at me with a knife or a pair of scissors and just started like attacking me,” said Jaquez of the Bronx.

“He tried to stab me in my chest. I did my best to block it. Thank God I did,” he said.

“I just put my arm up.”

The crazed assailant grazed Jaquez’s right forearm with the weapon while inexplicably hollering about revenge, the victim recalled.

“[He yelled] something like, ‘[It’s] payback! Oh, that’s what you get,’ ” said Jaquez.

“After that he just left.”

Jaquez said that as he bled from his arm, he ran — hoping a Good Samaritan would help him — to no avail.

Diogenes Jaquez, Jr., 24, who was randomly slashed by a scissor-wielding nut job in Greenwich Village said Friday the city is “getting very, very dangerous” after the attacker “tried to stab me in my chest” and nobody stepped in to help.
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Jaded New Yorkers, including some who saw the slashing unfold, “just kept walking” and one woman simply pointed him in the direction of the nearest hospital, he said.

“I was expecting like at least somebody to break it up, help me at least, but nobody did,” Jaquez said.

“They did nothing. No, they just kept walking.”

Jaquez eventually “stumbled across” the NYPD’s Sixth Precinct station house in the West Village and was treated medically.

He has since suffered PTSD-like symptoms, such as fear, anxiety and trouble sleeping, he said.


Diogenes Jaquez, Jr.
Jaquez, Jr. told The Post he had just finished an overnight shift and was headed to the West Fourth Street subway station in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood around 9 a.m. when he heard a crazed man shouting.
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“I am not gonna lie, now I’m kind of looking over my back every 5, 10 minutes. Even at work, I’m kind of like a little shook,” he said.

“Sometimes I try to go to sleep, and I’m thinking about that exact moment of him striking me.”

Police say the scissor-wielding attacker, Hassan Victoria, 45, randomly slashed Jaquez and another victim in the neck on nearby Hudson Street at Christopher and Bleecker streets.

Victoria was later hospitalized uptown and is awaiting charges, law-enforcement sources said.

Jaquez said Victoria’s eyes appeared “drugged up” and that the city “should give him the treatment he needs.”

The 24-year-old victim said he is skeptical about reports that crime is going down in the Big Apple.

“For the people that come up with statistics, you should really come outside and really see how the streets are, please,” Jaquez said.

“These numbers that you are coming up with are completely off.”

“New York is not really as safe as some people make it seem. … New York is getting very, very dangerous day by day.”

Jaquez said he now wants to move to a safer area and is pinching pennies to make it happen.

“I’m going to try my hardest to save up, try to move somewhere else, because New York is not ‘it’ anymore, I’m sorry,” he said.

His dad, Diogenes Jaquez Sr., agreed that violent crime in the Big Apple is out of control.

“It’s too many crazy people in New York. The police have no power to do anything. Something worse could’ve happened to my child,” he said.

“When I saw him I hugged him and I said, ‘Thank God, my son, you are OK,’ ” said the 56-year-old doorman. 

“I tell him to be safe out there.”

His son said he was actually worried more about his parents than himself.

“What would they do if I was gone,” Jaquez Jr. said.

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