Authorities say that the deranged assailant of two adolescent girls who were stabbed at random while having breakfast with their parents at a Grand Central Terminal restaurant on Christmas morning has now been charged with attempted murder.
Monday at 11:25 a.m., the girls, ages 14 and 16, who were on a visit from South America, were assaulted at Tartinery in the Grand Central Dining Concourse. According to WABC-TV, the girls sustained non-life-threatening stab wounds.
“I want all the white people dead. I want to sit next to the crackers.” the perpetrator allegedly yelled during the attack.
According to the outlet, Steven Hutcherson, 36, allegedly assaulted the patrons following a dispute with restaurant staff who were attempting to expel him from the establishment.
He allegedly pounced at the unaware adolescents at that moment.
MTA police reported that less than a minute later, they apprehended Hutcherson, a suspect in the assault who had been identified.
The MTA reports that Hutcherson was apprehended on charges including attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a minor (misdemeanor).
The sisters were transported to Bellevue Hospital by FDNY EMS for treatment of their injuries.
Tuesday, no immediate update was available regarding their conditions.
The circumstances indicate that Hutcherson and the girls were strangers prior to the attack, although it remained unclear whether the two had met.
In the preceding half-year, Hutcherson had been apprehended a minimum of twice, with the most recent occurrence being a weapons possession raid on November 7th, which resulted in his unconditional release.