Anthony Evans, 30, was named as the suspect in the Sunday morning attack on a 59-year-old woman walking along Seventh Avenue near West 42nd Street. The department released Evans’ photo Monday evening.
The victim – a seamstress who has lived in the city for decades – was pulling a shopping trolley down the block when the suspect walked up behind her, raised the weapon in the air and slashed the blade down on her right hand, footage previously released by police shows.
Evans said nothing before the attack, and fled the scene afterward, cops said.
The woman was transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The victim’s 23-year-old daughter, who asked that her name not be used, told The Post Monday that the assault left her mother “traumatized.”
“It was a very violent event, a very violent thing to do,” the daughter said. “I wouldn’t wish this upon anybody — even my worst enemies.”
“I hope it wasn’t for malicious reasons,” the daughter said.
“I just want to make sure that it’s clear that we don’t know what is the motivation behind the attack,” she added. “If it’s mental health-related, I hope [the suspect is] found and receive[s] the necessary treatment. If the perpetrator had malicious reasons, I hope they’re found and prosecuted.”
No additional information was available on the suspect Tuesday morning.