NEW YORK (PIX11)—Authorities are looking for whoever slit a man's throat and left him to bleed to death Sunday just off Union Square.
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Michael Jones of West Harrison, an affluent community approximately 22 miles northeast of midtown Manhattan, in Westchester County.
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Authorities say passers-by found him on the sidewalk in front of 25 W. 14th St., around 4:30 a.m.
An eyewitness told 1010 WINS people heading home after a night of partying couldn't believe what they were seeing. "They all walked past it and thought it was a Halloween figure or something," adding it looked like he had his neck and stomach slashed open.
Police say Jones died on the way to Bellevue Hospital Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. Jones' ear was severed and he was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and chest.
"I never, ever, ever seen nothing like this, ever," she said.
Someone else related a similar story to 1010 WINS: "We thought it was a Halloween joke or something because his phone was there, so maybe if we tried to get his phone that he'll pop up or something."
Now, people in the normally quiet neighborhood are spooked, thinking along the lines of... "there for the grace of God, go I."
"We are aware of this tragedy and on behalf of the entire organization, want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Michael's family, friends and loved ones. He was a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us," said the New York Red Bull in a statement.
"This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this time."
If you know anything that could help police get Jones' killer off the streets, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential. You can also contact police by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to nypdcrimestoppers.com.