The German tourist who survived a bloody knife attack outside Morningside Park the day before a reputed gangbanger allegedly murdered a Columbia University grad student is back home and “healing well.”
Thomas Ambuhler, 43, needed 10 stitches in his neck after being ambushed by a stranger near the Columbia University campus in the wee hours of Dec. 1. He returned to Germany five days later.
“It’s all healing well and I’m reasonably OK,” Ambuhler told The Post in a series of texts this week. “From a rational [point of view] I have an idea but still don’t remember any details” of the attack.
The German business consultant said he plans to spend Christmas “with family relaxing” in Munich — and harbors no ill will toward the Big Apple.
“Very, very thankful for the quick response and professionalism from the hospital and NYPD and the kind words of people,” he said. “I had a wonderful time in New York, it’s a great city, and wouldn’t mind going back. Just maybe not hanging out around Morningside Park.”
Vincent Pinkney, 25, was arrested for the stabbing rampage that claimed the life of Columbia doctoral student Davide Giri, 30. Pinkney is also accused of later wounding visiting Italian Columbia scholar Roberto Malaspina and tangling with lawyer Gregory Johnson in Central Park.
Giri, also a native of Italy, was pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science.
Pinkney, a former gangbanger and ex-con with a lengthy rap sheet, was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on murder, attempted murder and assault charges.
He has not been charged with the knifing of Ambuhler, who was treated at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital, where doctors said if the knife was “an inch further left it would have sliced a main artery.”
“I’m not actively following the case and haven’t heard from the police in any case about their investigation,” Ambuhler said.