The recent slashing in the NYC subway that sent two women to the hospital is worrying residents, who wonder if the subway is becoming dangerous again. The incident is part of a slew of violent attacks in the New York City subway system that has frightened passengers, sparking questions about whether it’s safe to ride.
The incident occurred early morning Friday when a fight broke out between two women and an unidentified man. The 22 and 23-year-old women were riding on a 3 train at 96th Street on the Upper West Side when they got into a fight with a 40-year-old man. The 2 a.m. squabble escalated when one of the women brandished a knife, threatening the man. The man then wrestled the knife from the knife-wielding woman and proceeded to slash at both her and her friend.
The struggle ended after the man slashed both women. The younger woman was slashed over her eyebrow and across her wrist, while the older woman sustained a wound above her left ear. The suspect ran from the subway terminal but was apprehended by police. Cops have not yet identified the man and charges are still pending.
The two women were taken to the hospital for their injuries, however, the older, knife-wielding woman has since been arrested, after witness videos showed that the 23-year-old woman was first to reveal the knife. Her charges are currently pending.
The incident followed another NYC subway slashing, in which two men were slashed by an unidentified suspect in Harlem. Police reported that the attack happened just after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, at the 110 Street subway station.
The attacker allegedly entered the subway and stepped onto the terminal, but had left his dog outside while he swiped in. He then went back for the dog but was subsequently locked out. The man asked for assistance from a passenger, who refused. A second passerby then assisted the man, letting him into the NYC subway.
The man proceeded to charge after the first passerby who had refused to help him, slashing him in the arm. According to reports, the man swung so wildly that the blade slashed the second individual, who had helped the man. The attacker then dropped the knife, grabbed his dog, and exited the subway. No arrest has been made.
All four victims in both slashings sought medical attention for their wounds and are expected to make a full recovery. The attacks are part of an increase in violence in the NYC subway system, as well as the city as a whole.
Crime has risen 93 percent on subways with 168 incidents in May alone, compared to 87 in May of 2020. Though the problem is evident to most, Mayor Bill de Blasio claims that crime will drop as ridership increases, citing Covid-19 as the primary cause.
“We’re showing across the board in this city, we’re coming back,” de Blasio said. “Our jobs are coming back. Our schools are coming back. The life of the city is coming back. We will fight back crime as well. I think it’s understandable that people are concerned.”
The MTA has since requested additional police presence in the subway system as crime rates continue to rise.