Arrest Made In Slashing Of French Tourist In Harlem

Sean Adams
February 18, 2020 - 7:16 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police arrested a violent ex-con in connection to an unprovoked Valentine's Day attack on a tourist in Harlem.

Police say the 27-year-old victim came to New York from France to surprise his girlfriend, who works as an au pair in Harlem.

The couple was walking near West 132nd Street at around 11 a.m after a Valentine’s Day breakfast at IHOP, when police said 28-year-old Khalief Young randomly slashed the tourist in the neck with what looked like a knife or box cutter.

A cellphone video captured the moments after the victim was slashed across his throat on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

Young was arrested after patrol officers recognized him from a wanted poster.

"UPDATE Khalief Young, the suspect wanted for the unprovoked slashing that occurred in #Harlem on 2/14/20 has been apprehended. Excellent police work by our #NYPD 32 Day Tour Patrol and the keen eyes of Officer’s Palmeri & Concepcion," a tweet from the precinct that arrested the suspect said.

According to officials, Young was previously arrested for slashing a man in the neck in May 2019.

The following October he was arrested again, for punching and kicking a man in the face in Harlem, police say.

Young was later arraigned for that assault and released without bail.

The French victim has been recovering at Harlem Hospital and his friends have raised nearly $7,000 to fly the tourist and his girlfriend back home and help pay his medical bills.

On Tuesday, Young is expected to be arraigned on two counts of second-degree assault.