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8-Year-Old Boy Stabbed at N.Y. Dave and Buster's, Police Call It Random

(CBS/AP)
8-Year-Old Randomly Stabbed at NY Dave and Buster's
(CBS/AP)

WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBS/WCBS/AP) Police say a man carrying a hunting knife crept up behind an 8-year-old boy playing a video game in a Long Island Dave and Buster's restaurant and plunged a 4-inch blade into his back five times.

The boy suffered a punctured lung in the assault just before 8:30 p.m. Friday in a Westbury, N.Y. shopping mall.

He is expected to recover.

Police say the boy's father and a witness grabbed the suspect as he walked toward a restroom and held him until officers arrived.

The 23-year-old suspect is set for arraignment Saturday on charges including attempted murder.

Nassau County Police detective Lt. Kevin Smith says the suspect appeared to have chosen his victim at random.

Dave and Buster's is a family-style restaurant chain featuring an arcade.