Crime Two passengers slashed at Union Square station

14:00  24 november  2022
14:00  24 november  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Two people were slashed at Manhattan's Union Square subway station in the latest attack on the city's transit system, where crime has soared 41 percent since last year.

Police said an unidentified suspect cut a woman, 28, in the face and slashed a man, 29, repeatedly in the head after he rushed to help her by the L-train platform on Tuesday night at 10:30pm, ABC reports.

The suspect then fled the bloody scene. No arrests have yet been made yet.

The victims were taken to the Bellevue Hospital and were reported to be in stable condition.

The slashings come after two people were struck by trains within hours of each other on Sunday, with tensions rising as violent crime rises in the Big Apple.

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Police report that the suspect of Tuesday's slashing appeared to be homeless, described as 6'5" tall and wearing all black.

Officials said it wasn't immediately clear if the attack was random or if it was caused by a dispute.

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Just half-an-hour prior to the attack, the NYPD reported that another man had been stabbed at the nearby Herald Square platform.

In that incident, police said two men got into a fight on the train, with one stabbing the other in the abdomen.

Police believe the two stabbing incidents are not related. No arrest has been made for the second attack, either.

Transit crime and subway incidents have skyrocketed this year, with the NYPD reporting 1,865 cases so far this year, up more than 41 percent from the same time in 2021.

The number of homeless men prowling subway stations has increased dramatically since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite a plan outlined by Mayor Eric Adams to deter homeless people from sheltering in the city's subway system, the issue has not visibly been mitigated and travelers continue to be harassed and made uncomfortable during their daily commutes.

In January, Adams introduced his 'subway safety plan,' which put more than 1,000 extra cops per day in the city's subways. Adams is himself a former police captain.

The city again moved to bolster police presence throughout its transit system as violent crime continues to spike.

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