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Commuter, 61, is slashed in the face with a box cutter on a Manhattan subway

Commuter, 61, is slashed in the face with a box cutter on a Manhattan subway just one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the trains are ‘SAFER than they’ve been in years’

  • A 61-year-old was standing on the L train with his bag on the floor when another man kicked kicked when he got on 
  • As their verbal disagreement escalated, the suspect proceeded to slash the victim with a box cutter across his left cheek 
  • The suspect exited the train at the 1st Avenue train stop and fled the scene down 14th street
  • The attack was the latest in recent months following a sharp decrease in transit crime during the earlier months of the pandemic 
  • During a Thursday city hall, a reporter asked Shea and Mayor de Blasio about the increase in transit crime – which they both denied 

A 61-year-old was slashed across the face with a box cutter Wednesday on a Manhattan bound subway, just a day before Mayor de Blasio declared that the subways are ‘safer than they’ve been in years.’

The attack comes after sharp decrease in transit crime during the earlier months of the pandemic and overall decline in these types of crimes over the last few years. 

In the latest incident, the victim had been standing on the L train with his bag on the floor when another man got onto the train at around 8.27am.

In the latest incident, the 61-year-old was standing on the L train with his bag on the floor when another man kicked the bag

At some point, the man entering the train kicked the other’s bag which prompted the two to get into a verbal spat, police said. 

As the argument escalated, the suspect proceeded to slash the victim with a box cutter across his left cheek. 

In the latest incident, the 61-year-old had been standing on the L train with his bag on the floor when another man (pictured) kicked the bag upon entering Wednesday

 In the latest incident, the 61-year-old had been standing on the L train with his bag on the floor when another man (pictured) kicked the bag upon entering Wednesday

The suspect – described as a man in his 20s or 30s with black hair – exited the train at the 1st Avenue train stop and fled the scene down 14th street.

He was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket, red hoodie, blue jeans, red bandana, light color sneakers and a brown Louis Vuitton face mask. 

The attack came a day after another passenger was pushed onto subway tracks in Lower Manhattan, prompting Commissioner Dermot Shea to highlight that the latest string of transit attacks in recent months were ‘too common and something that is very disturbing.’ 

Since November 17, there have been six attacks on the L train alone, NBC New York reported.

During a Thursday city hall, a reporter asked Shea and Mayor de Blasio about the increase in transit crime. 

‘The bottom line is that the subways in the city of New York have been made safer and safer over the years,’ de Blasio asserted during the press conference. ‘I remember when the subways were not safe at all.’

The suspect exited the train at the 1st Avenue train stop and proceeded to flee the scene down 14th street

The suspect exited the train at the 1st Avenue train stop and proceeded to flee the scene down 14th street

During a Thursday city hall, a reporter asked Shea and Mayor de Blasio about the increase in transit crime - which they both emphatically denied

During a Thursday city hall, a reporter asked Shea and Mayor de Blasio about the increase in transit crime – which they both emphatically denied

He continued: ‘We have brought the neighborhood policing strategies into the subway… We will apply whatever resources we need to keep the subways safe.’

Commissioner Shea would chime in declaring that ‘transit crime numbers are down significantly.’

‘Year to date, we are flat in that,’ Shea added.

'The bottom line is that the subways in the city of New York have been made safer and safer over the years,' de Blasio asserted during the press conference. 'I remember when the subways were not safe at all'

‘The bottom line is that the subways in the city of New York have been made safer and safer over the years,’ de Blasio asserted during the press conference. ‘I remember when the subways were not safe at all’

When asked about what the department and city would be doing help alleviate people’s worries about the trains, de Blasio dismissed the notion that New Yorkers needed to live in fear.  

‘We can talk about facts and encourage people to understand the facts or we can just create fear for the sake of fear,’ de Blasio stated. 

‘We choose the former, we choose to tell people that the NYPD has people out there everyday protecting their safety. That subways have been made much safer over time. We have more work to do, that’s true, I think that was implicit in what the commissioner said.’ 

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