A teenage boy has been stabbed in the cheek after he refused to hand over cigarettes and money to a man who followed him into a park in Wentworthville yesterday afternoon.
The terrifying attack occurred just after 3.30pm, when the 16-year-old entered a park between Vernon and Lane streets.
Police said the teen began to feel uneasy and turned around to try and return to the main road, however he was confronted by a male who demanded cigarettes and money.
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When the teenager refused the man stabbed him in the cheek and then punched him.
Luckily, the teen managed to break free and contact emergency services for help. He was then taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment to the stab wound to his face.
Police launched a search for the attacker, however were unsuccessful.
He is described as being of Middle Eastern appearance, about 183cm tall with a bald head and full black beard.
He was shirtless with tattoos on his chest and left hand, white ‘Adidas’ track-pants, no shoes and three gold teeth. The man carried a black knife with a serrated blade.