2005-11-11 / Community

Woman Stabbed In Face On A Quiet Neponsit Corner

Bloodstained tissues and a pair of headphones scatter the pavement near victim Monica Cruz’s minivan. Photo by Howard Schwach.Bloodstained tissues and a pair of headphones scatter the pavement near victim Monica Cruz’s minivan. Photo by Howard Schwach. A woman received 60 stitches at an area hospital last Friday after two male attackers stabbed her in the face on a typically sleepy Neponsit street corner, police said.

The victim, Monica Cruz, 35, was stopped in her minivan at the intersection of Beach 145 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard when two men opened the door to her vehicle and stabbed her in her left cheek, police said. Cruz was taken to Kings County Hospital where doctors stitched up the gash on her face.

The attackers, described as male Hispanics between the age of 18 and 22, fled toward Jacob Riis Park. Police searched a wooded area after witnesses said they saw the men running in that direction, but did not find the suspects.

Other witnesses told The Wave that the men were seen loitering in the area – one of them on a small, red-framed bicycle that was abandoned at the scene – before the savage attack.

While the incident first appeared to be a failed carjacking it now seems that Cruz, who may have been working at one of the homes in Neponsit, knew at least one of the men, and that the attack was planned.

A police source said at least one suspect had been identified but withheld the name. No arrest had been made at press time.

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