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Woman Who Claimed That a Man Called Her a 'Terrorist' and Slashed Her Face Changes Her Story

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"She reported that when he slashed her, he made a statement to the effect that she was a terrorist..."

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While walking along a New York City sidewalk Thursday, a woman of Middle Eastern descent claimed that she was slashed in the face by a man who called her a "terrorist." The woman is now saying that she made up the entire story.

The 20-year-old woman, who was wearing a headscarf at the time, originally told the police that she was walking in front of Trinity Church near Wall Street in lower Manhattan on Thursday when a man suddenly grabbed her by the arm.

"She was walking northbound on Broadway, an unknown male grabbed her by the arm, turned her and slashed her on the left side of her face," Assistant Chief Bill Aubry said, according to WABC-TV. "She reported that when he slashed her, he made a statement to the effect that she was a terrorist, and he continued to flee northbound on Broadway."

The woman, who said that she is attending a nearby cosmetology school, was treated by the FDNY and EMS at the scene before being taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she also received a psychiatric evaluation Thursday evening, according to WNBC-TV. Police stated that the woman later retracted her story and admitted that she had slashed her own left cheek, resulting in a two-inch gash.

New York City has been experiencing a 20-percent spike in reported slashings and stabbings, which has led the NYPD to launch extra precautionary measures and a new tracking initiative to analyze and prevent further crimes from occurring, according to WNBC.

"It’s absolutely essential that everyone in this city feels safe, as well as that they are safe," NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said during a conference last week to announce the new Operation Cutting Edge, according to WNBC.

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