Shocking video captured the moment a hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked a customer at a Manhattan bank as New York City’s violent summer rages on.
The random attack unfolded at a Chase Bank on Broadway in the Financial District just before 5.30pm Sunday.
Surveillance video obtained by DailyMail.com on Tuesday shows the victim standing at an ATM in the bank vestibule when the assailant walks in behind him.
The suspect is seen removing a hatchet from a dark bag and sneaking up behind the victim before slashing him.
Video captured the shocking moment Queens man Miguel Solorazana, 50, is slashed with a hatchet while using an ATM at a Chase Bank in downtown Manhattan at 5.30pm Sunday. It begins with the attacker walking into the ATM room with the hatchet in hand
The attacker then suddenly walks up behind Solorzana and begins swinging his weapon in the violent attack
The unknown assailant starts with slashes to the back of the surprised victim’s knees
The Solorzana quickly turns to face his attacker, and tries to fend him off using his backpack
The terrified and bloodied victim, who was identified as 50-year-old Queens resident Miguel Solorzana by the New York Daily News, attempts to fend off the crazed attacker.
Solorzana is seen desperately trying to grab the weapon, as he becomes increasingly bloodied, before falling to the floor several times.
Once the assailant is finished attacking Solorzana, he proceeds to smash the ATM screens before walking away, but not before leaving the hatchet and his backpack behind, police said.
‘He hit me. In the bank, he hit me,’ Solorzana, speaking in Spanish, told the Daily News.
‘The guy that got hit in the head was screaming,’ a witness told the New York Post.
Soon, the backpack is ripped away, as the attacker continues to slash him with the weapon
Terrified and bloodied, the Queens resident desperately tries to grab the weapon away from his attacker
Solorzana, who suffered three slash wounds to the head falls to the ground several times as he fights for his life
Eventually, Solorazana, severely bloodied, flees, and his attacker does not follow. Police say they have the suspect in custody pending charges
‘It’s crazy,’ the witness said. ‘People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.’
Police sources said the Solorzana was immediately transported to Bellevue Hospital with three slash wounds to his head and a slash wound to his right leg.
He required two surgeries after the attack, his friend Manny, told the Daily News.
‘The whole family is in Mexico,’ he said of his friend. ‘I didn’t ask him about what happened, I just wanted to make sure he’s okay.’
Solorzana remains in stable condition, police said.
Officials said a 37-year-old suspect in the attack is in custody.
Police picked the suspect up while he was smashing car windows near 19th Street and 7th Avenue, 1010 Wins reported.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation pending charges, and has not yet been identified.
After Solorzana been driven off, the attacker proceeds to smash the ATM screens one by one before walking away. Police said a suspect in the attack is in custody pending charges
The smashed ATMs (pictured) seen in the aftermath of the brutal attack
During a recent ATM visit at a Lower Manhattan Chase bank, a 51-year-old man was brutally attacked by a hatchet-wielding lunatic, surveillance footage shows
Crime rates throughout New York City have been increasing over last year
The attack comes amid a growing crime wave in the Big Apple, with more and more assaults happening in broad daylight.
On Friday, an aspiring actor who once appeared as an extra on Law & Order was shot dead in a Bronx deli.
Jayquan Lewis, 21, was standing at the cashier counter at BH gourmet Deli in Fordham at 4pm when another man collapsed to the floor, in a 14-second clip published by the New York Post.
Another person standing next to Lewis at the counter on his phone is seen fleeing out of frame.
After fatally shooting Lewis the gunman appears to casually walk out of the deli.
Lewis was shot three times in the chest, three times in the arm and one time in the stomach. He was pronounced dead at St Barnabas Hospital.
Jayquan Lewis, 21, was shot point-blank inside a Bronx deli just after 4pm Friday
Police are still looking for the killer, whose motive is unknown.
And just one week before, two people died with one victim severely injured in two separate but ‘likely connected’ shootings in Brooklyn.
The gunman shot three men sitting in a car that the NYPD said was damaged in a car accident on August 8 around 12.30am, and then opened fire at a party of 100 to 150 people at an event space down the block.
Two of the men in the car died – Bronx resident Nicholas Palmer and Queens resident Novada Bailey, both 36. A third unidentified man was critically injured.
At least two other people were also shot and injured during the incident, with one person rushed to the hospital and another driving himself to a hospital about 24 miles away in Westchester County.
According to NYPD data, felony assaults are up 5.3 percent from last year, as of August 15, with misdemeanor assaults up 2.1 percent.
Police investigated the scene at B.H. Gourmet Deli on Friday, where Lewis was fatally shot
One of the five shooting victims was taken into an ambulance on August 7
Murders have also increased, from 275 reported during the same time frame in 2020 to 277 reported thus far in 2021.
There have also been 10.7 percent more shooting incidents, with 7 percent more victims.
And grand larcenies have also increased 1.6 percent, with grand larcenies from automobiles skyrocketing 20.2 percent.
Rapes have increased 8.6 percent and hate crimes have nearly doubled.