British football coach Mike Jones has been murdered in a frenzied early-morning knife attack on a New York street.
Mike Jones was so badly injured that passers-by thought it was an early Halloween hoax.
Police arrived on the scene at 4.25am on Sunday and found the 25-year-old’s severed ear lying on the pavement.
His chest, stomach and neck had also been slashed with a knife and he was pronounced dead on arrival in hospital.
‘We thought it was a Halloween joke or something because his phone was there, so maybe if we tried to get his phone he’d pop up,’ said a witness.
Surveillance video shows the Hispanic pony-tailed suspect walking away from the scene in Greenwich Village.
Mr Jones, who was staying in West-chester County, New York state, coached children for the New York Red Bulls and played for Tarleton Corinthians. He was originally from Tarleton in Lancashire.