The surge in New York City subway crime continued over Memorial Day weekend when a man was stabbed in the neck with a broken umbrella at a Harlem subway station and another brutally beaten, robbed and cut by a pair of robbers who wore flashy shoes in Midtown.
Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, a 64-year-old man was cornered by a pair of robbers at a turnstile of the Midtown subway on East 59th Street and Lexington Ave, police said.
Surveillance videos showed the two in flashy shoes jumping on the victim before beating him and slashing his face with a knife.
A still image from surveillance video footage of a man being beaten and robbed Sunday at the Lexington Avenue and E. 59th Street train station, one of several subway crimes that occurred over the three-day holiday weekend
The Midtown subway station victim, identified only as HM, spoke to ABC7 after Sunday’s attack. The 64-year-old man needed 12 stitches on his forehead and two other stitches above his eye
The Brooklyn resident says he has finished commuting to Manhattan after the robbery and attack. He had just finished praying at a mosque in Midtown and was on his way home prior to the brutal attack
Identified only as Brooklyn resident HM, the victim said he was done commuting to Manhattan after the brutal and unprovoked attack. ABC7NY reports.
“I feel angry and upset and sad,” he said. He had just finished praying in a mosque in Midtown.
“Hit me twice here, in this eye and this eye, and the other man, he brought a razor,” he added. “And the blood began to come and take the money from me and disappear.”
He needed 12 stitches on his forehead and two more stitches on one of his eyes. He wore a COVID-19 mask during the Eyewitness News interview to obscure his identity for fear that his attackers would pursue him again.
One of the attackers dragged the man by his feet after he tried to escape by jumping over the turnstile, the video shows.
Surveillance video shows the two suspects in flashy shoes pounce on the victim before beating him and cutting him in the face with a knife
Elsewhere in Manhattan, a man was attacked and stabbed with a broken umbrella handle at Harlem’s 125th Street subway station
The 51-year-old Harlem victim was stabbed multiple times and was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where his condition was later stabilized, authorities say.
“Give us your money, or we’ll kill you,” the duo demanded.
The two attackers continued to kick and punch the man before one of the attackers slashed the victim in the face with a knife while he was trapped in the turnstile.
The video shows the man taking $150 cash from his pockets, which the slasher quickly snatched from his hands before the two fled the scene, the NYPD said.
The couple also stole the man’s cell phone before leaving him bloodied and beaten at the station, he told the news channel.
Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a press release seeking information that could lead to their arrest.
The man who cut the Midtown victim’s face was wearing a gray Champion sweatshirt with Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, and his accomplice was wearing a black sweatshirt and Timberland x NBA basketball shoes.
Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a press release seeking information that could lead to their arrest. One of the suspects was wearing Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, which cost anywhere from $200 to $299
The other sneakerhead rover wore a pair of Timberland x NBA boots, which cost about $250. Police hope the striking footwear will help identify attackers
One of the Midtown subway assailants flees after he and an accomplice rob, beat and beat up a 64-year-old man for $150 in cash
Nearly 24 hours later, in Harlem, another man was stabbed in the neck with a broken umbrella handle before being stabbed with his own knife, which he had dropped during the scuffle at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem, PIX11 reports.
The 51-year-old victim, who was armed with a knife, got into an argument with another, unknown man. The victim dropped the knife during the confrontation before being stabbed in the back and shoulder with the umbrella shard, police sources told the outlet.
He was rushed to nearby Harlem Hospital in critical condition but was upgraded to stables several hours later, authorities said.
His attacker fled the metro station after the attack.
No arrests have been made in either metro crime, police say.
The duo, wanted in connection with the Midtown subway robbery, are described as being between the ages of 18 and 25, with both men wearing designer shoes. The attacker in the black sweatshirt had a tattoo on his right hand, the Daily News reports.
The umbrella stabber is simply described as a man in his thirties.
Law enforcement officers gather at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem after a 51-year-old man with an umbrella was stabbed in the neck Monday morning
City-wide statistics show that metro crimes will be drastically more frequent in 2021 than in 2020.
55 traffic offenses were reported in the past week alone, compared to just 21 in the same period last year NYPD CompStat.
More than 120 crimes have taken place so far this year – the highest number in the first three months of the year since 1998.
Last year, 106 crimes were registered in the same period, 91 of which were in 2019.
The homicide rate doubled between 2019 and 2020 — from three to six, with the 2021 number now on track to overshadow the previous two years.
Meanwhile, the number of crimes – serious crimes including murders, rapes and assaults – has increased by 53.7 percent in the past two years.
For every million riders in the first three months of this year, 1.63 crimes had been reported. That was more than 1.06 reported crimes per million riders in 2019 – a 53.7 percent increase.
The numbers for the start of 2021 are also higher than the 1.48 reported crimes per million riders for the same period in 2020 – a 10.1 percent increase in just one year, according to The New York Times.
The overall number of major crimes has declined overall – 335 reported so far this year, up from 697 for the same period in 2020 and 559 for the same period in 2019.
But safety advocates say the total number of riders was much larger during the same period last year and the year before, pre-COVID shutdowns, and the crimes per million riders provide a more useful snapshot of rising crime rates.
An NYPD CompStat incident map listing all subway-related crime reports made throughout the city from May 17 to May 23. Authorities say 55 transit crimes were committed last week, compared to just 21 at the same time last year