Perhaps Luis Perez saw a young white woman and made the decision to threaten her with broken glass to steal her bike or the nose ring she’s wearing in the photo above. Or maybe he just likes to scare people, but went overboard this time.
The reporting is scant here. We have no inkling of Perez’s criminal history. It’s doubtful he’s a first time offender.
The Ridgewood woman who was randomly slashed in the throat by a stranger in Brooklyn recalled Friday the terrifying moment she was attacked, saying it will “take some time” before she’s no longer afraid.
She was on her way to an art show in Gowanus just before 8 p.m. Thursday when Luis Perez, 37, approached her as she was locking up her bike in Gowanus, the 24-year-old art teacher told The Post.
“[I felt] a little bit of panic. He just looked like he was focused on me. There was a clear trajectory toward me. I just thought maybe if I would ignore him, continue, I’ll be okay,” she said.
But Perez then grabbed her and plunged a piece of glass in her throat, warning her not to scream, she said.
“He grabbed me from behind, put a piece of glass on my neck [and] told me not to scream or he’d cut my throat, and I just started screaming,” the young woman said.
“I was screaming, screaming. I felt that all I needed to do was to get people’s attention — that if I would call attention to it, then it would stop.”
Her attacker remained “calm and quiet,” as she tried to push him away from her neck, she recalled.
“I was just trying to get him off my neck. I didn’t really care about my hands. He had a piece of glass on my neck,” she explained. “And then I let go. And he walked away very slowly.”
Perez crossed the street, where he remained until police arrived and arrested him. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, and was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn court on Friday.
His alleged victim was still wearing blood-stained clothes when she spoke to The Post. A large, square bandage covered her throat, and a second bandage was wrapped around her left hand.
“I got eight stitches in my neck and six in my hand. It was bleeding a lot, mostly the neck. Which is why I still have blood on my clothes,” said the aspiring artist, who was discharged from Methodist Hospital early Friday morning.
The young woman said “it’s going to take some time” to recover from the incident — but she still thinks the Big Apple is safe.
“I’m just happy that I’m okay,” she said. “And I can’t wait to ride my bike again. That’s all I want to do.”
No mugshot of the perp was up early Saturday morning, but I suspect he’s Puerto Rican since there are large numbers of them in New York City. Many of them are black.
There’s no hint that police intend to investigate this potentially deadly incident as a hate crime against women or against a white person.
One more thing. The victim is wrong about New York City being safe. The perp has been charged with assault. Why not attempted murder?