2016-01-13 / Front Page

Announce Fund To Aid Whitestone Slash Teen

By Liz Goff

The Chinese exchange student who was slashed twice in the face by a masked man on December 8 said she is on the road to recovery.

JiaJia Liang, who was walking to school in Whitestone on the morning of the attack, said she has no intention of leaving Queens – and the attack hasn’t soured her on the Big Apple.

Liang, 16, and her mother, who arrived in Queens just days after the attack, were both wearing white surgical masks as they appeared briefly at the January 7 announcement of a trust fund to help the family defray medical expenses and help pay for her U.S. college education.

Speaking through an interpreter Liang said, “The cuts and wounds are healing and I still want to stay here to pursue my education.. I am really thankful and I really appreciate everything,” she said.

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can go to www.GoFundMe.com/supportjiajia.

Cops said the man who carried out the horrific attack was dressed in a light blue hooded jacket with white stripes down the sleeves, black pants and black sneakers. He had the hood pulled over his head and was wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves as he jogged toward Liang at about 8:35 a.m. on December 16.

Liang, who was walking to classes at the nearby Whitestone Academy, was suddenly accosted by the man who slashed the right side of her face, from her ear to her throat, and then slashed her neck before turning and running away from the scene.

“He came out of nowhere while she was walking to school with a book bag,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “It’s very disturbing.”

Stunned and bloodied, the teen stumbled back home after the attack and told her aunt what happened, law enforcement sources said. Liang, a Chinese exchange student, arrived in Queens about six months ago and has been staying with her aunt since that then, police said.

The aunt called 911 and Liang was rushed to Cohen Children’s Hospital, where doctors used more than 200 stitches to close her wounds.

Police recovered a bloody box cutter at the scene of the attack. Cops are also searching for the mask and surgical gloves worn by the suspect and are canvassing local hardware stores, pharmacies and retail outlets where the suspect could have purchased the items, police officials said.

Police are urging anyone with information on the suspect, believed to be in his 20a, to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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