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NJ dad of 3, Daniel Salvatore, randomly stabbed at Port Authority Bus Terminal received 46 stitches

A father of three who was stabbed outside a Manhattan bus terminal on Monday morning said he was grateful to be alive after the unprovoked attack left him with serious injuries that required 46 stitches. .

Daniel Salvatore, a carpenter, was on his way to work just before 6 a.m. as he sat reading a book outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown when a stranger ambushed him and slashed his neck and arm. He was stabbed and slashed.

The New Jersey husband and father of three adult children will spend his 66th birthday on Tuesday recuperating in the hospital.

Daniel Salvatore was stabbed outside a Manhattan bus terminal on Monday morning.

But he said he was happy to see them another day.

“I should have died,” Salvatore told the Post from his hospital bed. “I had 46 stitches and I’m so grateful to still be here.”

The carpenter has been commuting from New Jersey to Manhattan for the past five years, and after getting off the bus at the Port Authority terminal, his daily routine is to read a book for 30 minutes while waiting for a colleague.

On Monday, he was flipping through a copy of Leif Enger’s “I Cheerful Refuse” as an early birthday present when he noticed a man charging at him out of the corner of his eye.

“I was just sitting there reading a book and someone came from my right blind side and I saw him and I turned around and I saw his face and all of a sudden there was a knife stuck in my neck,” he said. spoke of the horrific attack. .

The unhinged man, identified by police as Michael McCloskey, 42, did not say a word until he allegedly thrust a knife into Salvatore.

“He didn’t say anything,” he said. “The detectives asked me if I had bumped into him or said anything to him. And I said, ‘No, nothing, I didn’t see this guy at all, I read the book and said something to him. I was just minding my own business.”

The New Jersey husband and father of three adult children will spend his 66th birthday on Tuesday recuperating in the hospital.

Salvatore was knocked to the ground during the attack and tried to crawl away before allegedly stabbing McCloskey multiple times as he grabbed the victim’s sweatshirt.

“I finally got away from him and broke the hold and there was blood everywhere.”

He said he ran into the Dunkin Donuts right behind where he was sitting and was shocked when a customer offered him a napkin to try to stop the blood “flowing” from his neck.

Police quickly came to Salvatore’s aid and handcuffed his assailant before paramedics picked him up and loaded him into an ambulance.

“The blood loss caused me to go out feeling light-headed,” he said, adding that his pain level was also severe.

On Monday, he was flipping through a copy of Leif Enger’s “I Cheerful Refuse” as an early birthday present when he noticed a man lunging at him out of the corner of his eye.

When he arrived at the hospital, “about 20 doctors and nurses” surrounded him.

“They brought me in, cleaned me up, and the doctor stitched me up,” Salvatore told the Post. “The doctor said I was fine. She said it was amazing.”

The victim is a Christian and said he believed God was with him during the stabbing.

“There are two lines here, a cut mark, but it never went through,” he said, pointing to the cut on his neck. “I think the Lord pushed me.” [McCloskey’s] Please take your hands off me.

“The detective said if the cut had been a little lower and deeper, it would have bled. I’m very lucky.”

The unhinged man, identified by police as Michael McCloskey, 42, did not say a word until he allegedly thrust a knife into Salvatore. William C. Lopez/New York Post

The father of two daughters and a son, in his 20s, said he never expected something like Monday’s random attack to happen to him.

But after hearing the horror stories of other straphangers and being a victim himself, he said the city needs to do more to treat the mentally ill and even says he feels sorry for his own attackers. Stated.

“The man was probably very mentally ill. I feel sorry for him, but he needs to be locked up so he doesn’t do the same thing to other people. If something is wrong with that,” Salvatore said.

“We have a problem with mentally ill people. We see them in the Port Authority at Penn Station and on the streets all alone. Something needs to be done. It’s very dangerous here in New York City.”

That said, the New Jersey resident said he will continue to take public transportation to work.

“All we can do is remain vigilant.”

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