[Images: Naruto Wikia | PIX 11]
[Images: Naruto Wikia | PIX 11]

Earlier this month in New York, 21-year-old Anthony Durden was riding the A train at 1:30am when he was suddenly attacked by a stranger, who slashed him in the face.

“I look up and I see it coming down from this side,” he told PIX 11 (via Comic Book and Sankaku Complex NSFW). “I’m like, ‘Yo, you slashed me in the face.’”

The man reportedly laughed, and Durden hit him with a Naruto headband. Durden was coming back from the New York Comic Con and, and according to the Daily News, went in an Itachi Uchiha headband. 

“I hit him in the face with what I had in my hand and he tried to slice me again,” said Durden.

The man, who is described as 26 to 28 years old and wearing a red, white and blue jacket, got off at the next stop and fled on foot.

After being rushed to the hospital, Durden received over 20 stitches to treat the wound, which he says, “is from the back of my neck all the way down.” Durden, who is an Oxfam volunteer, said he forgives the man and that he’s thankful to be alive. 

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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