Kyle Westby, a Brooklyn man who was threatened with an ax on a NYC subway on Monday, is still reeling from the terrifying ordeal.

In an interview with the New York Post published just hours after the attack took place, the NYC subway victim said he struggled to get through his day after nearly losing his life during the morning commute.

“I’m still shaking,” he said. “I still can’t eat. It’s still replaying in my mind.”

Westby was waiting at the Franklin Avenue station around 1 a.m. Monday night, heading home from a date with his girlfriend when another subway rider began to pick a fight with him.

Westby said that when he got to the subway station, he saw two men standing on the platform. One of the men turned to the him and said, “Why are you staring at me?”

“I saw him reach into his jacket and pull out a brown object. He swung at me, and I ran. The stairs were two feet away, so I ran up the stairs, and thank God the cops were there,” Westby told The Post.

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After the attack of Kyle Westby on the NYC subway, Mayor Eric Adams talked about his new subway plan and how he hopes the subway will be safer for New York commuters. Kyle Westby is just one of several NYC subway victims from this month alone. (Credit:

Police arrested 58-year-old Robert Griffith for the crime. He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon and attempted assault. When police arrested him, Griffith allegedly also had a screwdriver and punch dagger on him.

Police have not suggested a motive in the would-be hatchet attack. Officials said Westby was one of at least seven subway passengers to be attacked over the holiday weekend.

Just two hours after Kyle Westby’s harrowing encounter, another NYC subway victim was found on the train. Evelina Rivera was coming back from her job as a chef when she was hit in the face with a metal pole. The attack happened on the 4 train near 167th street in the Bronx.

“He tries to strike her, misses by a millimeter, broke the subway window… She used mace, blinded him, and now he’s attacking wildly. I get hit,” Rivera told The Post.

The victim said she was talking to a fellow passenger when a homeless man told them to shut up. When they didn’t, he started swinging a metal pole around and hit Rivera. The blow to the face caused the ball of her nose ring to fall out and become crooked.

The young woman got off at the next stop and reported the attack to police. While officers patrolled the cars, Rivera’s attacker has not been found.

Westby and Rivera join the growing list of NYC subway victims, as the city has seen an increase in transit crime since the beginning of the year. In January, Michelle Go was pushed onto the subway tracks by a homeless man. The 40-year-old died, and her attacker, Simon Martial, was arrested for her murder.

Mayor Eric Adams has spoken out about the increase in subway attacks, and has created a plan to make NYC subways a safer place for commuters.

After the death of Michelle Go, the mayor said, “We want to continue to highlight how imperative it is that people receive the right mental health services, particularly on our subway system. To lose a New Yorker in this fashion will only continue to elevate the fears of individuals not using our subway system.”

On Monday, Adams unveiled his new “safer subway” plan.

Teams of NYPD cops and mental health professionals will be patrolling the trains to crack down on rule breaking and try to help the homeless population who currently lives in the trains and train stations. The goal of this new plan is to remove the homeless from the area and give them with new living accommodations and mental health help.

Adams announced the plan on Friday and said, “No more smoking. No more doing drugs. No more sleeping. No more doing barbecues on the subway system. No more just doing whatever you want. No. Those days are over. Swipe your MetroCard. Ride the system. Get off at your destination. That’s what this administration is saying.”

According to the mayor, cops and mental health professionals will be patrolling the E, A, N, R, 1, and 3 trains and special priority will be placed on Grand Central Terminal, West 4th Street, Penn Station, West 42nd St. Corridor, the Fulton Street Corridor and Jamaica Center.