Manhattan Subway Rider Stabbed with Screwdriver in Unprovoked Attack

61-year-old man was stabbed on a New York City subway.

A 61-year-old man was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on a Manhattan subway train Thursday night, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). The incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. as the southbound train approached the 59th Street–Columbus Circle station.

The NYPD reported that the victim was on the train when the assailant suddenly lunged at him, stabbing him twice in the head and face with a screwdriver. Post-incident photos revealed the victim with a bandaged head while seated on the subway. He was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Following the assault, the suspect promptly exited the train and fled the scene. Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot-9 man with a dark complexion, last seen wearing a red- and black-hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and face mask. The NYPD confirmed that there was no prior interaction or apparent motive for the attack.

This incident follows another subway assault on Halloween night in Brooklyn. In that case, a 29-year-old man suffered a brain bleed after being attacked on the southbound Q train platform at Church Avenue station in Flatbush. The assailant, who punched the victim multiple times, causing him to fall and hit his head against a departing Q train, fled on foot. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition for treatment of his injuries. Authorities are still seeking the perpetrator in both cases.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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