Three Manhattan Subway Riders Slashed In “Continuous Event”


Police are looking for the boys answerable for an alleged slashing spree that wounded three riders aboard a Manhattan subway early Friday morning.

At 4:25 a.m., shortly earlier than the 4 prepare arrived at Union Sq., a 44-year-old man was approached by two males and slashed within the face, police stated. One other rider was slashed within the face simply 5 minutes later, apparently by the identical attackers.

At 4:37 a.m., because the subway rumbled towards the Brooklyn Bridge, a 3rd man was slashed behind the top, in accordance with police.

All three riders had been hospitalized with non-life-threatening accidents. An NYPD spokesperson described the incident as a “steady occasion” that unfolded over separate subway automobiles on the identical prepare.

The suspects, who’re believed to be of their 20s, haven’t but been apprehended.

As extra New Yorkers return to the system and with24-hour service resuming on Monday, transit officers, together with Governor Andrew Cuomo, have repeatedly argued that New Yorkers don’t really feel secure on the subway. Whereas general transit crime is down by practically half since final 12 months 12 months, felony assaults have elevated by 25% within the subway system.

In response to a sequence of stabbings earlier this 12 months, town surged 500 extra NYPD officers into the system, and extra lately agreed so as to add auxiliary cops to the system’s busiest stations.

However the ongoing animus between the Cuomo-controlled transit board and Mayor Invoice de Blasio has confirmed no indicators of receding. In an announcement despatched on Friday, NYC Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg claimed that de Blasio was accountable for the slashings.

“The duty for these vicious assaults doesn’t fall on an already strapped police division – it falls on Metropolis Corridor and the people who’re benefiting from the mayor’s negligence on the difficulty,” she stated.

In response, Invoice Neidhardt, a spokesperson for the mayor, stated town had put “huge sources into this struggle to maintain our subways secure,” together with roughly 3,000 NYPD officers.

“In the meantime the MTA sends out statements that time fingers and speak about mayoral politics,” Neidhardt added. “Get with this system, assist us struggle again this crime.”