NEW YORK (Reuters) РA New York jeweler who was attacked on Tuesday night was stabbed repeatedly and robbed of nearly $3,000 worth of diamonds in his shop, police said. 

Jewellers’ Weekly, which covers the jewelry industry, reported on the attack in which the suspect broke into the store’s window and repeatedly stabbed the victim with a kitchen knife, before fleeing the scene.

“This is the first time in my life I have been in such a terrible situation,” the victim, a 42-year-old New Yorker, said in a statement released by police.

“I am very, very scared.”

Police said the suspect fled in a white car and is described as being 5-feet, 8-inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

He is described by police as having a tattoo of a swastika on his left forearm.

The New York Police Department said that in addition to the attack, the suspect also assaulted the victim’s wife.

The suspect’s name has not been released.¬†

Police were investigating whether the attack was motivated by race or religion.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by John Irish)