WINS (1010 WINS) – A subway rider slashed and pepper-sprayed on a Midtown Manhattan train early Wednesday, according to police, in the latest assault on the transit system.
Around 1:30 a.m, the 57-year-old victim got into an argument with another man. He believe to be a panhandler who is waving a knife on a northbound train.
The assailant allegedly attacked the rider after he refused a money request.
The suspect, according to police, slashed the victim on his back right arm and then pepper-sprayed him as the train approached the 50th Street station north of Times Square.
As the train doors opened, the slasher exited and fled. As of Wednesday, no arrest reported.
The victim remained on the train and alighted at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station. Where he sought assistance from the police. The victim was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Several recent transit assaults have made headlines. It includes a woman bashed over the head in Harlem on Monday in an unprovoked attack.
Over the weekend, a 55-year-old man stabbed to death on an MTA bus in the Bronx. Last Thursday, a 38-year-old man also killed in a random knife attack on a Bronx subway platform. A homeless man slashed a 43-year-old man to death on a subway train in Brooklyn as the victim returned home from work.