MORRIS HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) — Three men were stabbed, one fatally, in separate attacks on the New York City subway in the space of eight hours.
A 38-year-old Bronx man was getting off a northbound No. 4 train as it arrived at the 176th Street station just before 9 p.m. 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 to be killed on New York’s transit system this year, and the second fatal stabbing in the subway in less than a week.
He was later identified as Charles Moore.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 5’11 tall, and was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and Nike sneakers.
Earlier Thursday at 5:15 p.m., a 45-year-old man was slashed in the face by a man on a moped who followed him into a Brooklyn subway station in eastern New York.
Just after 1 p.m., a 59-year-old man was stabbed in the back at a Harlem subway station. The victim was waiting for a train at the 125th Street station on Avenue Saint-Nicolas when she got into an argument with a man she did not know, possibly after a harmless bump on the platform.
The other man pulled out 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, fled the scene.
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the NYPD must “do more” after three people were stabbed, one fatally, in three separate subway attacks in the space of 8 hours.
“We sent thousands of officers on the subway,” Sewell said Friday at a press conference. “We must deter and prevent this activity.”
Police said it was too early to tell the motive for the seemingly random attacks. None of the suspects are in custody.
“There was no contact in this train car between the victim and the assailant,” department chief Kenneth Corey said of the fatal attack in the Bronx. “Looking at the video, it appears the attacker is preying on this particular individual. We don’t know what the motive is.”
The department said the number of assaults and arrests on public transportation has increased, but it is working to get illegal cutting weapons off the streets.
Police have made more than 600 arrests for illegal cutting instruments on the subway since the start of the year.
Transit Chief Jason Wilcox said that was a 95% increase from last year.
“The events of yesterday, very disturbing,” Wilcox said. “We’re going to be out there with the riders and for the riders, protecting them.”
Eyewitness News spoke to worried runners overnight.
“The best I can do differently is be a little more vigilant than usual, but I’m not surprised,” one said.
“I generally feel good in this particular subway, this is the first time I hear 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 urged to contact the NYPD.
Call the NYPD 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 messaging @NYPDTips on Twitter.
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