NEW YORK -- (WPIX) -- A young woman who was slashed by a purse snatcher in South Street Seaport shared details about the attack with PIX11 News Tuesday and her call for the public to help find the attacker.
"At first I thought someone was trying to play a joke on me but then I saw the knife and realized it wasn't," Melissa Leslie recalled.
She was walking to meet friends along Water Street at about 7:45 p.m. Monday when a man came up from behind and ordered her to give him her purse.
She complied but then he pulled out a knife and held it to her throat.
"Pretty shaken up, pretty terrified," the 25-year-old bartender said.