NYPD officers stabbed with machete in unprovoked attack

Fox News reports that multiple officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) were stabbed near Times Square on New Year’s Eve. 

The incident occurred on Saturday night at around 10:00 p.m.

It took place at West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, which is just blocks away from Times Square, where the well-known New Year’s Eve celebrations were taking place.

At this location, three officers were screening those looking to attend the celebrations for weapons. One of the officers was a rookie, who had just graduated on Friday.

What happened?

The New York Post’s report on the incident contains information that has been provided by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. According to Sewell, as these three officers were screening individuals, a man with a machete approached them.

The Post, citing Sewell, states: “the rookie cop . . . was struck on the head, prompting another cop to shoot the suspect, striking him in the shoulder, the sources said. [The rookie cop] suffered a large laceration and skull fracture.”

“One of the other cops, an eight-year veteran, was also struck on the head with the weapon and suffered a laceration,” the Post adds.

In subsequent reporting, the Post clarified:

One of the cops, who is assigned to the Police Academy, suffered a laceration to the head. A Staten Island officer suffered blunt force trauma to the head. They were both taken to Bellevue Hospital. A third officer suffered unknown injuries and was taken to Mt. Sinai West.

All three NYPD officers are expected to make a full recovery.

What we know:

The suspect has been identified by authorities as 19-year-old Trevor Bickford of Wells, Maine. He, too, has been taken to Bellevue Hospital for his gunshot wound.

The exact motive for the attack remains unclear. But, reports indicate that Bickford may be an Islamic extremist.

The Post reports:

A preliminary search by investigators turned up no criminal record for Bickford, police sources said. But police sources said the FBI in Boston has an open case on him and he is on something called a guardian list because of his radicalization. Bickford’s aunt notified authorities because he apparently made statements to her indicating a desire to go fight in Afghanistan, police sources said.

The investigation of the incident appears to be ongoing. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is part of it.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has described the incident as “unprovoked.” And, Adams made it clear that a threat is no longer active.