A MAN who slashed his victim across the neck during a street fight flagged down a taxi to get away, police said.
Officers are now searching for a taxi driver who drove a man to Worthing after a brawl which left a 22-year-old fighting for his life in Castle Square, Brighton, in the early hours of Sunday.
The attack, reported in The Argus on Monday, happened after a series of confrontations near the Be At One Bar, leading to the man having his neck slashed outside the Natwest bank at 5am.
Police officers were covered in blood as they fought to save the Hungarian man’s life opposite a taxi rank before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
At the same time, it is thought the suspect got into a Brighton and Hove green-and-white taxi after the attack and headed for Worthing.
He is described as black, 22 to 26, and was wearing a dark hooded top and jeans at the time.
Forensic teams scoured the scene of the slashing and took away bins to check for evidence.
However, a weapon has yet to be discovered and it is unknown what kind of weapon was used.
Sussex Police said the victim is still in hospital but is now in a stable condition.
Detective Sergeant Julie Greenwood, of Sussex Police, said: “From our inquiries we believe the man travelled to Durrington or Lower Salvington in Worthing between 5am and 6am.
“We need to speak to the taxi driver who took him there. He may have vital information that could help us track the suspect down.
“If you were working in the early hours of Sunday and took a fare to Worthing, please contact us.”
Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who was in Castle Square when the attack happened and who saw the incident or what happened in the minutes before or after.
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Operation Bunker, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.