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NYC crime: Subway stabbing victim describes encounter with knife-wielding passenger on Brooklyn 2 train

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WABC) — One victim’s account of a vicious attack on a subway victim paints a cautionary tale of how words between strangers can quickly turn violent, especially if one of them has a gun.

His hand is lacerated and his back is sewn up after a knife attack. Jeffrey Nelson, 49, is now recovering from a subway ride that turned dangerously violent

“I was holding his left hand and then he used his right hand and reached for the knife and reached out and stabbed me here,” Nelson said.

The attack happened on Monday afternoon. Nelson was on the 2 train in Brooklyn, heading into town for work.

He remembers another biker shouting on the phone.

“So, I asked the individual to lower his voice. The individual stood up and asked, ‘what did you say?’ He walked up to me and I was sitting watching him,” Nelson said.

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The security officer and Jamaican Army veteran says that’s when an ordinary ride ended with a three-inch stab wound to his back.

“He was looking for a weapon in his bag. I don’t know if it’s a gun or a knife, so I’m holding his hand,” Nelson said. “I even tried to bite him. I made my lip swell.”

Fortunately, the fight ended when the train arrived at Bergen Street station. The victim lost his footing and fell.

Police believe the assailant fled on foot. Detectives are now looking for him.

“I’m glad it ended like this. No one died. Everyone is alive,” Nelson said.

Nelson tells Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang that there were many other passengers on the train, but they just watched.

“There are guys there who could have helped me take the knife from the guy. But no one is helping,” Nelson said.

He plans to return to work next week and that means taking the subway back.

If there is another incident, his family wants him to change cars next time and not commit.

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