The grieving mother of a Bronx man who was accidentally stabbed to death in a subway station has hit out at the city and Mayor Eric Adams, saying they are failing to keep New Yorkers safe on the transit system.
Frances Vanterpoole Moore, 73, raged at City Hall over the senseless death of her son, 38-year-old Citi Field employee Charles Moore, who was stabbed multiple times at the East 176th Street station Thursday.
“The city should be sued,” she told The Post, adding that Adams “must have his ass whipped.”
The heartbroken woman said police didn’t even tell her her son was dead — and that she found out from a neighbor who spoke to news reporters.
“They failed us,” she said. “Won’t you come and tell me about my baby? He has no criminal record. He worked. That’s why [Adams] needs his ass whipped. You did me wrong.
“You don’t do this,” said Vanderpoole Moore. “You just don’t treat us like that.”
She called for more officers on the trains and added: “It’s your fault my child is dead.”
Vanderpoole Moore remembered his son, a maintenance worker at Citi Field, as a “hard-working man” and a doting father to an 8-year-old girl.
“He paid his taxes, he worked for the New York Mets,” she said. “Think about him, this man has a child. Recognize who we are. We’re talking about a hard-working man and a father who loved his child.”
Moore was returning from work around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when he was suddenly attacked on a crowded train platform, police said.
Saquan Lemons, a 27-year-old ex-con, was attacked at the scene and ordered held without bail on murder, manslaughter and gun possession charges at his initial court appearance early Sunday. His attorney, John Cromwell, asked that his client undergo a psych evaluation.
“Throughout the investigation, detectives have been in contact with the family and worked tirelessly to investigate this heinous crime, arrest the person responsible and bring justice to the victim and his family,” an NYPD spokesman said in a statement Sunday.
“The NYPD extends our deepest condolences to the grieving family for the senseless loss of Mr. Moore’s life.”
Moore was remembered by relatives as a “very sweet” man who was “really passionate about his family.
“It’s not fair,” his sister-in-law, Ena Griffin, told The Post. “We really hope the DA does the right thing by our family and leaves it at that [the suspect] be charged in full.
“No one is helping us right now,” Griffin added. “So it’s not looking good. I hope it gets better because it’s not fair. We’re New Yorkers. We should come first.”
The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.