Man accused of slashing 11-yr-old chased by angry Harlem mob

Soft-on-crime came head-to-head with a justice-seeking mob after a suspected child slasher needed police defense in Gotham.

(Video: PIX11 News)

Friday in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood, an alleged violent spree saw the tables turned on a suspect with a considerable record. According to sources that spoke with the New York Post, after 30-year-old Shaquan Cummings had reportedly punched an unsuspecting woman, his alleged slashing of an 11-year-old girl’s head set bystanders after the repeated arrestee.

“You f*cking piece of sh*t!” one person could be heard saying nearby the 116th St. subway station as police stood between the handcuffed suspect backed against a wall and the mob. “Don’t let him go!”

At one point an individual could be seen attempting to jab at the suspect with a cane while another man tried to force his way between officers to reach Cummings before getting pulled back.

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Speaking with PIX11 News, an MTA employee explained how the mob had pursued the suspect down into the subway station after the alleged unprovoked attacks before he fled back up to the street.

“I saw a guy; he was trying to get off the train car, and he was near the third rail. I asked him what happened, and he said people were chasing him and trying to kill him, but people were yelling he stabbed someone. I grabbed him because I saw the police were running toward us, but he managed to escape.”

The victim’s mother, Gorzata Sladek, spoke with the Post with an update on her daughter and explained, “It was traumatizing.”

“Her head [was] bloody. Bleeding can’t stop,” detailed a UPS worker. “[She was] bleeding in her hand and her shirt…she was crying. Scared.”

“Terrible. It’s terrible to see a little girl with her head cut, sliced in half and it’s just terrible,” Sladek went on and added, “She’s not doing well emotionally. She doesn’t want to go back to school. She doesn’t want to go outside anymore.”

Sladek indicated to the newspaper that her daughter had required stitches and staples for the head wound as she lamented the state of violent crime in New York. “You should be able to walk on the street and not worry that somebody will attack you and attack, actually, my daughter not even attacking a dog, but a little kid.”

“New York used to be a safe city, but nowadays it’s kinda hectic,” expressed a father to PIX11 who worried about his own 11-year-old as well as a three-year-old daughter whom he didn’t “want to have to witness this.”

The Post reported that Cummings, who was charged with two counts of assault along with acting in a manner injurious to a child, had more than 20 prior arrests to his name. The most recent arrest was two months prior for which he had a desk appearance over an assault charge.

Kevin Haggerty


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