Mom Chaperoning Girls School Trip Stabbed in Times Square in Front of Students

( A group of schoolgirls visiting New York City were forced to witness a shocking sight, when a mother chaperoning them was stabbed in an unprovoked attack. The mother, 36-year-old Amber Lohr, was allegedly stabbed in the chest by 61-year-old Cyril Destin on May 11 in Times Square.

Lohr was guiding students from Pennsylvania on a trip in the city when she was attacked in the middle of the day, after leaving a souvenir shop. Destin allegedly attacked Lohr with a knife for no apparent reason.

Destin has a lengthy criminal record spanning two decades, including 14 arrests for crimes including theft, trespassing, and menacing. Destin lived at a shelter near the site of the incident.

Lohr’s husband praised his wife for protecting the kids from the attacker, adding that she ought to be considered a hero for her response. Lohr prompted the kids to stay behind her and get away from the attacker, without turning her back to the assailant. Lohr was inches away from losing her life due to the stab wound, her husband said.

Police responded and arrested Destin, who was still holding a knife at the time of his arrest. Destin faces charges including second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The incident is not the only recent stabbing attack in New York City. On the morning of May 15, a 34-year-old man was stabbed in the back and neck at a subway station in the city. The incident occurred after a verbal altercation with the suspected attacker. On May 10, a 22-year-old woman was also slashed by a man on a subway in Queens.

Violent crime in New York City is prompting local authorities to take action to try to keep people safe heading into the summer months. The city has historically experienced a spike in crime during the summer.

The New York City Police Department is launching a summer program for 2,000 youth in the city, in an effort to keep them off the streets. The program is intended to give youth a safe space to learn over the summer months, including mentorship on drugs and bullying.

Although it remains to be seen whether the program will prove successful overall, at the very least it will reduce the time thousands of youth will spend risking getting attacked on New York City’s streets.

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