The Valentine’s Day of the French tourist with his girlfriend ends when he cuts his throat in Harlem
A French photographer who flew to New York to take his girlfriend on a surprising Valentine’s Day, recovers in the hospital after cutting his throat in Harlem.
Gabriel Bascou, 28, was chopped in the street in a random attack when he left a pancake restaurant with his 23-year-old girlfriend Manon Duma.
Horrific photos and a video shared by Bascou on social media show a deep cut on his neck from ear to ear while lying in bed with a tube from his throat after a tracheotomy.
The police have accused the 28-year-old local man Khalief Young of the insane attack that allegedly carried out at least two random attacks earlier.
Bascou, from Paris, had flown to the Big Apple to see Duma, a model who moved to Harlem a month ago to work as an au pair.
Gabriel Bascou, 28, was chopped in the street in a random attack when he left a pancake restaurant with his 23-year-old girlfriend Manon Duma (by his side)
Bascou, from Paris, had flown to the Big Apple to surprise Duma, a model who moved to Harlem a month ago to work as an au pair. She is pictured here with Valentine’s Balloons in an Instagram post after he arrived last week
The police have accused 28-year-old local man Khalief Young of the insane attack that allegedly carried out at least two random attacks
He was attacked and cut the face and neck when they left IHOP on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard near West 132nd Street after a romantic breakfast date around 11 a.m.
“I didn’t see him coming,” said Bascou. “At first I thought it was a blow,” he said in an interview with the New York Post via WhatsApp because he cannot speak after his operation.
He said the knife maker turned around and looked into my eyes and started running. Then I felt the warm blood flowing into my coat. ”
The photographer said passers-by “did not understand what was going on” while his girlfriend yelled for someone to call 911. Eventually a cyclist called an ambulance like Duma, a former nurse did her best to stop the blood flow.
Bascou added: “The people around me seemed terrified.”
He said he “did everything to stay calm,” and gave Duma his blood type and allergy list in case he passed out.
He later received a blood transfusion of two pints of blood and was left with a lung infection and his knife wounds.
“I’m really in a bad way now,” he said from Harlem Hospital ICU on Monday.
Bascou said he wanted to go to New York “forever” and decided to surprise his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.
Bascou, from Paris, had flown in to surprise his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, but was eventually cut in the neck in a random attack outside a Harlem pancake restaurant
Gruesome photos shared by Bascou on social media show a deep cut in his neck from ear to ear while lying in bed with a tube from his throat after a tracheotomy
Duma said she had “not slept” since the attack, but was relieved that the police arrested 28-year-old Khalief Young as a suspect in the attack on Monday afternoon.
He was arrested by an officer who saw him on the street at 3.50 p.m. and recognized him from CCTV footage of the attack.
He was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree, police said.
Young lives just two blocks from the scene and has randomly attacked at least two others in the past, police sources told The Post.
Bascou wrote that he was “super excited” when he was told that the police had someone in custody.
“I want my girlfriend to stay safe here,” he said. “If they caught someone in a few days, they did a great job.”
Bascou’s mother, Marielle Debayne, a Marseille nurse, has flown by his side while he is recovering at the hospital where he is expected to stay for at least a week.
His mother said: “It’s so terrible. Gabriel was here one day. He walked less than half a mile in New York and was cut. “
Friends of Bascou have started an online fundraiser to help him with medical bills.
Bascou said the attack would not allow him to visit him again.
“I’m going back to the Big Apple for a visit, especially after I haven’t seen much else than the inside of the Harlem IHOP.
“I intend to come back there as soon as possible and discover this incredible city.”
Bascou with his mother, Marielle Debayne (center), a nurse from Marseille and his grandmother who flew in from France to stand by his side while he recovered
Bascou, from Paris, had flown to the Big Apple to see Duma (left), a model who moved to Harlem a month ago to work as an au pair