Random slashings in NYC on the subway and on the street have skyrocketed. The kicker is that all the suspects are black. The victims were just minding their own business. Just asking the question of whether and when any of these slashings will be labeled a hate crime.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Harlem are investigating yet another slashing in the subway system.
A 27-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after getting slashed in the face Sunday morning inside the Central Park North station at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
The victim was on the southbound No. 2 train platform around 3:15 a.m. He was arguing with a woman, and that’s when she apparently asked a stranger for help, police said. That man then apparently slashed the victim in the face and fled.
The victim was receiving stitches at a hospital and is in stable condition, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
This is the fourth slashing in the city’s subway system in the past week.
A man attacked a 71-year-old woman Monday morning on a D train pulling into the Broadway-Lafayette station, police said:
“He just pretended that he fell, and he fell on top of me, and that’s when he slashed my face,” said Rivera, who suffered a 4-inch gash on her left cheek. “I didn’t even know ’cause I didn’t feel no pain.”
On Tuesday, a 29-year-old woman was slashed in the face on a No. 3 train, police said. He allegedly pulled out a knife when she bumped into him. “I’ll cut you up.”
Suspects have been arrested and charged in both of those incidents and are pictured above.
Yet another man was slashed Wednesday night on a subway platform in East Harlem, police said. That incident happened on the southbound No. 6 train platform beneath Lexington Avenue and 116th Street, police said.
A knife-wielding straphanger, who randomly sliced two other passengers on a C train, was more concerned with his music career going down the tubes than time behind bars, according to court documents.
Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang was carrying groceries down a Brooklyn street when he felt like he got hit in the back of the head. He suddenly couldn’t walk straight.
Playwright David Henry Hwang (pictured above)
“I kept veering into a wall, then a parked car. And that’s when I realized I was bleeding,” Hwang, the author of “M. Butterfly,” said this week.
Hwang had been slashed with a blade by someone who came out of nowhere. The wound was so deep it severed an artery leading to his brain.
He isn’t the only victim of such an unusual crime. Since December, about a dozen such random, unprovoked slashings have been reported across the city, including three this week on subway trains. All were committed by strangers, police said. They used knives, razors and, in one instance, possibly a machete.