An argument with a group of strangers inside an Upper East Side subway station led to bloodshed, police say, when the group attacked a man waiting for a train — with one suspect pulling a knife and stabbing the victim in his torso.
Police say the violence unfolded inside the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station about 12:20 am last Saturday morning, March 4th. The victim, a 30-year-old man, was standing on the southbound 4 train platform when he got into a dispute with four other men.
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It’s not clear what the argument was about, but police say it quickly turned physical. The four suspects began assaulting the victim, when one of the suspects pulled a knife and plunged the blade into the man’s body.
The stabbing victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in stable condition, police say.
The knife-wielding suspect and his three friends ran from the UES subway station after the vicious attack, police said, however, is not clear which direction they went after fleeing topside.
Surveillance video from inside the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station shows the four suspects skipping the turnstiles — apparently evading the fare instead by entering through an emergency exit — three of them wearing hoodies and masks obscuring nearly their entire face.
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Crime at this location continue to outpace most other Upper East Side subway stations. In addition to last Saturday’s felony assault, there have been three other serious crimes reported inside the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue station so far this year, including two grand larcenies and one robbery.
According to NYPD crime reporting data, only the 77th Street-Lexington Avenue has had an equal number of incidents this year.
If you recognize these Upper East Side subway assault suspects or have any information that could help police, you’re asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.
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