Staten Island, New York, police are searching for a suspect who randomly walked up to 9-year-old Jermaine Culver (pictured) on Friday morning as he was walking to school and began to repeatedly stab him about the neck, shoulders, and head before running away, reports Staten Island Live.
Police investigators are looking for a Black male suspect who was sporting dark clothing when he approached the fourth grader from behind and began his unprovoked attack.
Jermaine passed out momentarily after the stabbings and then was able to gather himself enough to run home where his mom, Tyana Darby, immediately summoned police. Darby took her son to a nearby hospital where he was treated for the stab wounds then released on Saturday.
According to Staten Island Live, the little boy was terrified to go back home. Darby told the news outlet that Jermaine “is still scared — and I don’t want him in this area right now until they catch who did this.” In order to pacify the boy’s fears, Darby took him to a relative’s house where he will remain until police have investigated the case further.
Darby told Staten Island Live that her son is “taking it easy today — he’s not out of the woods yet.”
So far, police have not found the suspect. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.