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Mystery: Why Did Stranger Stab Boy Playing Video Game in Restaurant?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WABC-NY(WESTBURY, N.Y.) -- An eight-year-old boy is recovering after being stabbed in the back at a Long Island restaurant.

Police are investigating what caused Evan Sachs, 23, to stab the boy Friday night at a Dave & Buster’s restaurant and arcade in Nassau County, New York.

"There was no connection whatsoever to this boy," Detective Lt. Kevin Smith tells ABC News. "There was no contact between him and the boy, either prior or on this night. They don't live anywhere significantly close to each other."

Smith says Sachs forced a hunting knife into the boy’s back, who was playing a video game at the time of the assault.

“The boy staggers back to his mom,” Smith explained, “he says something to effect that someone just hit him on the back or tapped him on the back, and then collapses.”

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor.

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