An on-duty Amazon worker was viciously attacked in an unprovoked incident in the Bronx late last month, leaving him with a 6-inch gash that required 110 stitches, according to the NYPD and a report by WNBC. The victim, identified as 23-year-old William Herrera, was returning to his work van on Valentine Avenue near East 203rd Street in Bedford Park around 3 p.m. on January 24 when he was approached by an unknown assailant.
Surveillance footage obtained by WNBC shows Herrera with his back turned, facing his white van, when a man dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask suddenly approached him and slashed his face without warning. In a fortunate instinctive reaction, Herrera quickly ran away to evade his attacker, as captured in the video.
Herrera, a father of a toddler with another child on the way, stated that it appeared the suspect had no intention of robbing him, as he had the opportunity to do so. “My van was completely open. He could have taken the whole van if he wanted to,” Herrera said. “He didn’t take anything. He just wanted to cut me, I guess.”
After flagging down a police officer, Herrera waited for an ambulance to arrive. He was then rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he received treatment for the deep cut that extended from his lip to his earlobe. Fortunately, he was listed in stable condition, according to the authorities.
Reflecting on the incident, Herrera expressed his distress, stating, “I have to look at this on my face every day in the mirror. I’ve never had one stitch in my entire life, and the first time I got a stitch, I got 110 stitches?”
Herrera has since returned to his home in Yonkers to recover alongside his wife, Lauren Soriano, and their 2-year-old son, Liam. While Liam is aware that his father was hurt, the couple has been reassuring him that everything will be alright.