Sneak attack: Guy stabs Fort Greene playwrite in the neck then flees

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A stealthy attacker stabbed a famous playwrite in the neck in Fort Greene on Sunday evening and then disappeared into the night, police said.

The victim — Tony-award winner David Henry Hwang, according to a Daily News report — told authorities an unknown assailant snuck up from behind him as he was walking on S. Portland Avenue near Lafayette Avenue at 8:50 pm, slashed him, and then fled.

The wannabe ninja didn’t say anything or try to steal anything from Hwang, according to a report.

Fortunately, he was only silent, not deadly — the scribe walked to Brooklyn Hospital after noticing he was bleeding, where doctors patched him up and released him, police said.

Authorities have released a security camera still showing a suspect, but the knife-man is only visible from behind.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the back of this guy’s head or has any other information about the incident to call (800) 577–8477, or submit tips by logging onto or by texting 274637, followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with details on the victim.
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Reasonable discourse

Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Let's see - 'stealthy attacker' 'wannabe ninja' 'Fortunately, he was only silent, not deadly' 'but the sneaky knife-man'

THIS IS A HUMAN BEING WHO WAS ALMOST MURDERED. It isn't a platform for pithy adjectives.

Jeez, you guys are repulsive.
Dec. 4, 2015, 2:08 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Not right. Play fair with playwrights.
Dec. 4, 2015, 10:42 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Completely agree Peter E.

But, this guy was walking alone at night in Fort Green. When will people realize that the streets of BK are full of psychopaths. Even the cops don't walk the streets after dark.... geeeze.
Dec. 6, 2015, 9:13 pm
Billy from Fort Greene says:
I know David. Brilliant and kind man. Glad he's alright.
Dec. 7, 2015, 2:09 am
Peter Engel from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Matt from Greenpoint - Glad you agree about BP's cutesy adjectives for serious crimes.

The thing is, I walk the streets of my own city too and feel safe. The odds of this happening really aren't high. Do you really think it's his own damn fault?
Dec. 7, 2015, 12:44 pm

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