By Sabina Mollot
On Tuesday, a man who slashed two people in unprovoked attacks, including one outside Bellevue Hospital, pled guilty to assault on Tuesday.
In exchange for doing so he is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in jail on July 11. Prosecutors had recommended 18 years.
The two slashing incidents were unrelated with the first one happening on October, 2015. Francis Salud, 29, pulled a knife on a 30-year-old acquaintance in the garden behind Bellevue before slashing the man’s arm and shoulder. The victim, who worked at the hospital, needed more than 70 stitches.
On January 16, 2016, Salud approached a stranger walking on East 6th and slashed the 30-year-old victim across his back and his face. The wounds caused the man extensive nerve damage.
Salud, a Queens resident at the time of his arrest, has a history of mental illness and arrests for weapons possession, the Daily News reported last year.
“The injuries caused by Francis Salud’s brutal slashings required dozens of stitches and hours of surgery to heal,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “In one completely unprovoked attack, a man suffered serious nerve damage to his face, for which he receives ongoing physical therapy. This defendant poses a danger to acquaintances and strangers alike, and now faces significant prison time for his actions.”
Salud is represented by Legal Aid attorney Shanti Narra, who didn’t respond to a request for comment.