NYPD: 2 in custody in exchange student slashing

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say two suspects are in custody in connection with the December slashing of a Chinese exchange student.

Wilson Lai, 25, was arrested Thursday on assault and other charges. Another man, Devon Berkley, 36, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was also in custody.

The 16-year-old student was slashed in the face by a man with a box cutter as she walked to school in Whitestone, Queens, on Dec. 16. She had to undergo surgery for her injuries.

Police say the girl was not the intended target.

They say Lai was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl and had planned to attack her. But they say Berkley carried out the attack and slashed the wrong person.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment.

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