As the number of violent crimes on the subway increases, reports emerged that a man was attacked on Thursday morning by another man who was brandishing a Samurai sword. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), the attack happened at the subway station between Chambers Street and Church Street in Lower Manhattan.
An NYPD spokesperson said that the attack occurred around 9:27 (14:27 BST) on Thursday morning in the stairwell of the station.
The NYPD gave Newsweek a description of the attacker: “Unknown male, dark skin male, wearing all black with a black baseball cap that had the Marvel comics logo on it”.
They added that the 29-year-old victim was attacked with an “alleged sword” which was still inside its sheath.
The victim sustained a laceration to the forehead and is in a “stable condition” in New York Downtown Hospital.
The spokesman said: “The perpetrator fled out to the street-top side in an unknown direction.”
It was alleged on social media that the attacker was wearing a ninja suit, though the NYPD did not confirm this.
Only the evening before the attack, a 26-year-old male was stabbed on the subway’s No. 2 train in the Upper West Side by an unknown suspect.
A local news station reported that the attack was sparked by a verbal argument after the suspect approached the victim’s girlfriend.
The 26-year-old suffered a wound to his left leg and the suspect was attacked by the victim’s girlfriend with pepper spray.
An NYPD report which was released last month showed that the “overall index crime in New York City increased in September 2022, by 15.2 percent compared with September 2021”.
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“But if you write your story based on a narrative, then you’re going to look at the worst of those six crimes and put it on the front pages of your paper every day.”
His comments received backlash from New Yorkers with Straphanger Sabryna Davis, who rides the subway daily for work in Queens said that the mayor’s statistic is “not taking into account the unreported crimes”.
She continued: “That’s not taking into account the warning signs – the threats, the crazy look in people’s eyes.
“The subway is full of ticking time bombs, and just because six go off today, it doesn’t mean 12 aren’t going off tomorrow.”
The interviewer told the mayor: “Crime in the subways is up 41 percent over the same period last year, and serious crime – major felonies – are up even more than that. That’s not perception. That’s reality.”