NYC subway thugs strike again: 17-yr-old beaten and stabbed multiple times by 6 masked attackers

NYC subway thugs strike again: 17-yr-old beaten and stabbed multiple times by 6 masked attackers
Police need help identifying 6 assailants wearing black-hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks in the attack on the 17-year-old boy (DCPI)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: In light of the recent series of stabbings, the subway has become a nightmare over safety concerns. A group of assailants chased a teenager who had just finished his shift at a Shake Shack in Manhattan and repeatedly punched and stabbed him, causing him to suffer six deep stab wounds, police said. Around 4.30 pm on Saturday, Oct 8, a group of about six thugs, all dressed in black, including face masks, attacked the 17-year-old as he was on the subway at the corner of East 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown, the New York Post reports.

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On Saturday afternoon, as the victim waited for the No 6 train at Lexington Avenue station, a group of men started punching and kicking him in the head and body. One of the suspects then allegedly pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed the teen. Police are now hunting for the six attackers donning black hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks.

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People who frequently use the route are alarmed by reports of attacks on the subway. One person told CBS News, "It disgusts me... It disgusts me." Another person stated, "You hear on the news, always something going on, going on. We need to be more secure." The attack occurred as authorities attempted to crack down on underground crime. According to NYPD statistics, transit crime is up 41 per cent from this time last year, and felony assaults are up nearly 17 per cent. 

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One straphanger stated, "There's a lot of people running around with mental health issues, and not enough is being done to combat that, so that's what I would suggest."

Just on Thursday, three victims of separate subway stabbings were stabbed. Saquan Lemons, 27, has been detained by police and is accused of killing Charles Moore, 38, at the station at 176th Street and Jerome Avenue. One person stated, "There isn't much you can do, just being more careful. Trying to avoid people that you think that they have negative behavior."

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Also in August this year, a young woman named Vesly Beato's encountered an attack on the subway train and the news has gone viral. The young woman posted a video on her social media and shared her shocking experience. "I was looking down and the next thing I know, I heard a slap," 22-year-old victim Vesly Beato said. "I didn't even feel the slap. I heard it first." She added, "When I look up everybody is staring at me. I look at my cousin, she's crying. That's when it sunk in, this man just hit me," ABC News reported.

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Many New Yorkers were moved by the video. Over 8,000 comments, many of them from women, detailed how they, too, had been pushed, slashed, punched, and attacked.1,488 transit-related crimes have been reported so far this year. In contrast, 998 reports were made at the same time last year. There has been an increase of 490 incidents, as per the ABC news report on August 31, 2022.

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The 17-year-old victim of the attack reportedly suffered several stitches but is otherwise expected to recover. Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.   

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