By New York Post:
The EMS worker stabbed by a disturbed man last month was just trying to calm him down before he yelled, “F–k you!” whipped out a kitchen knife from his boot and attacked, Manhattan prosecutors said Monday.
Convicted felon Rudy Garcia, 48, was being tended to by EMT Julia Fatum, 25, as he was transported by ambulance from the Upper West Side, where a 911 call came in reporting a cardiac arrest, authorities said.
Garcia, who “appeared oriented and alert,” tossed a gum wrapper at Falum and “became agitated and combative,” prompting her to try to defuse the situation, prosecutor Joseph Abrams said as an indictment against the suspect was unsealed.
That’s when Garcia screamed the profanity and “pulled a large knife out of his sock and stabbed her chest, arm, and left leg several times,’’ the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.
Garcia appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court wearing beige jail clothes and a blue mask as he pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder and assault.
The alleged assailant stabbed Fatum six times in the chest, thigh and arm with the knife during the July 19 attack.
She suffered “significant” blood loss and nerve damage in her thigh which required two surgeries, authorities said.
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