MORRIS HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) — Three men were stabbed, one fatally, in separate attacks in the New York City subway system within an eight-hour period.
A 38-year-old Bronx man was getting off a northbound No. 4 train when it arrived at 176th St. station just before 21 on Thursday when he was stabbed multiple times in the back and chest by a suspect who came up behind him in what appeared to police to be an unprovoked attack.
The victim collapsed on the platform, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he later died, becoming the seventh person killed in NYC’s transit system this year and the second fatal subway stabbing in less than a week.
His name was withheld pending notification of family members.
The suspect is described as a man with a dark complexion, about 5’11, and was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and Nike sneakers.
Earlier Thursday, at 5:15 p.m., a 45-year-old man was cut in the face by a man who followed him into a Brooklyn subway station in East New York.
Just after 1 p.m., a 59-year-old man was stabbed in the back at a subway station in Harlem. The victim was waiting for a train at 125th St station at St Nicholas Avenue when he got into an argument with a man he did not know, possibly after a harmless bump on the platform.
The other man pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the upper back. He was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in stable condition
The suspect, last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket and blue tinted glasses, ran away.
New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the NYPD needed to “do more” after three people were stabbed, one fatally, in three separate attacks on the subway within an eight-hour period.
“We’ve brought thousands of officers into the subway system,” Sewell said Friday during a news conference. “We need to deter and prevent this activity.”
Police said it was too early to talk about a motive for the apparently random attacks. None of the suspects are in custody.
“There was no contact in that train car between the victim and the assailant,” Department Chief Kenneth Corey said of the fatal stabbing in the Bronx. “Looking at the video, it appears that the attacker is specifically going after that person. We don’t know what the motive is.”
So far this year, the police have made more than 600 arrests for illegal cutting instruments in the metro.
Transit Chief Jason Wilcox said that’s a 95% increase from last year.
“The events of yesterday, very disturbing,” Wilcox said. “We want to be out there with the riders and for the riders, keeping them safe.”
Eyewitness News spoke to concerned riders overnight.
“The most I can do differently is basically be a little more vigilant than usual, but I’m not surprised,” said one.
“I typically feel okay about this particular subway, first time I heard something so tragic in this subway,” said another.
“Crime is pretty high right now, so I don’t think it’s an isolated situation,” said a third commuter.
Anyone with information about any of these cases is encouraged to contact the NYPD.
Call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by sending messages on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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