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PITTSBURGH - Police have released a sketch depicting the man who slashed a man's throat during an attack in Pittsburgh's South Side late Wednesday night.

Investigators said the victim, Colin Albright, was attacked on Josephine Street just before 11 p.m.

According to police, Albright, 25, was riding his bicycle home from work when he got off and began to carry it up a set of city steps towards Josephine Street.

Investigators said Albright was approaching Josephine Street when he was attacked by an unidentified man.

Police said the man stabbed Albright multiple times in the arms, neck and head before severely slashing his throat.

“He stabbed me a couple of times, but didn’t say a word,” Albright said.

Police said the attacker walked down the steps and entered a vehicle which he had parked at the bottom of the stairs just before the assault. The vehicle is described as a small, possibly silver or charcoal sedan similar to a 2002 Mercury Cougar.

Albright told police he ran down some steps to Mary Street, where he was able to get help. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital and had to undergo surgery, police said. He is recovering from his injuries.

“I want everyone to keep doing what they’re doing. Keep using the steps and keep riding bikes. I don’t want anyone to think our city isn’t safe,” Albright said.

The attacker is described as a tall and slender white man in his 20s or 30s with very short hair and a receding hairline.

Albright's co-worker at the Pro Bike Shop in Squirrel Hill, Dennis Cowan, said the attack shocks him.

"I'm just shocked and taken aback that someone would try to murder someone over a traffic disagreement," Cowan said. "All the way from here to the South Side, he virtually rides in virtually no traffic."

According to Cowan, Albright had just left the bike shop before the attack.

"He was a very peaceful person. I've never seen him lose his temper. He was a very safe cyclist," Cowan said. "This shouldn't have happened to anyone, especially Colin."

So far, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police.