Nesh Pillay
Reaction to the Riverside Park Stabbing



[Originally published in West Side Spirit on October 9, 2013]
Residents of the Upper West Side weren’t surprised by a recent attack at Riverside Park — and vowed that the violence wouldn’t scare them away from the area.
The incident occurred last Tuesday morning when 43-year-old Julius Graham stabbed five parkgoers, including an 18-month-old child, with a pair of scissors. Graham attacked a 36-year-old female jogger at 7:57 a.m., wounding her in the back, then stabbed a 35-year-old man walking his dog, another female jogger, and a man walking with his 18-month-old son, first stabbing him the chest and then slashing the boy in the arm. After another person caught and held Graham until police arrived, he was arrested and charged with assault. The victims were taken to Roosevelt and St. Luke’s hospitals and are all recovering.
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