Girl, 14, suffers puncture wound to chest after being stabbed by two teens aboard NYC train on subway

Girl, 14, suffers puncture wound to chest after being stabbed by two teens aboard NYC train on subway
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A teenager was brutally stabbed on a train in Manhattan on Sunday, October 23, after she had a dispute with two other teenage girls she knew, police reportedly said. The 14-year-old was attacked during a fight on a southbound train near the 191st station in Washington Heights around 4 pm. This is the latest among various violent incidents that have taken place on subways.

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The girl was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition after she suffered a puncture wound to the chest and, the NYPD reportedly said. Police and law enforcement sources also confirmed that a 13-year-old boy, who was with the victim, was wounded, but not stabbed. No arrests have been made yet and authorities are looking for two teenage girls.

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An MTA cleaning crew member, Walter R Lewis III, told New York Post that the girl was seen hilding her side after she got off the train. “So evidently she was holding her side the whole time because it happened on the train and there was no blood trail,” the 70-year-old said, adding, “She said she had history with the girl, whoever it was, that stabbed her.”

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Another MTA worker who wished to remain anonymous said that the victim was “hysterical a bit” and that her sweater was covered with blood. “I think she was more panicked than anything,” the worker said, according to the outlet.

According to reports, Mayor Eric Adams and Gov Kathy Hochul recently announced that they would ensure there was more police presence to stop crimes in the city's subway system, and also ramping up the installation of additional surveillance cameras. MTA police, NYPD cops and other first responders will be provided training on better transportation of the mentally ill from subways to psychiatric care, they added.

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“I will continue to use the resources of the State of New York to bring this violence to an end,” said Hochul, according to New York Post. However, she did not mention anything about cost estimates and when the plan would be rolled out. The governor said that the state would help the city “defray” overtime costs through its public emergency safety fund “in the short term”. She said the state would then look for sources to pay for the extra police presence.

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“The bottom line is that riders will see more officers in the system, and so will those thinking of breaking the law,” Adams said, meanwhile. Both Hochul and Adams said they would be creating the new 25-bed inpatient units at two psychiatric centers in an attempt to help seriously mentally ill people. The aim, they said, was to get these patients out of the subway system and to shelters.

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