A second horrific slashing turned an Upper East Side subway station into a crime scene and left a man gushing so much blood from his neck cops had to practically choke the victim to stop the uncontrolled bleeding, law enforcement sources confirmed to Upper East Site.
Police say it was around 9:45 pm Friday when the victim, a 22-year-old man, was headed to the uptown platform at the 68th Street-Hunter College Station on Lexington Avenue in Lenox Hill and ran into a group of young men sitting in the stairwell.
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Sources say the men exchanged words, and the suspects followed the victim onto the northbound platform. Police say one of the men pulled a grey boxcutter and sliced the left side of the victim’s neck, leaving a deep gash.
Officers on the scene worked to stop the bleeding before handing the victim off to paramedics, who then rushed the 22-year-old to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition. Police described him as being ‘conscious and alert,’ needing about 10 stitches to close the gaping wound in his neck.
Meanwhile, NYPD officers inside the Upper East Side subway station surrounded the football-sized blood stain on the concrete platform. With purple rubber gloves scattered nearby, and passengers streaming past, detectives investigated the second unprovoked slashing in just over 24 hours.
It was around 6:00 pm Thursday when police say a different suspect got into a dispute with another passenger aboard a (6) train traveling southbound through the Upper East Side near the 77th Street-Lexington Avenue station. He pulled a knife and slashed the 55-year-old victim across his face.
Despite two vicious assaults in just two days on Upper East Side subways, this type of violent crime underground is not common in the neighborhood, a review of NYD crime-reporting data shows.
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Before this week, there had only been two felony assaults in Upper East Side subway stations or trains, while police overall crime in transit on the UES is down 20% this year.
On Saturday afternoon police released surveillance images of the slashing suspect, described as a man in his early-to-mid 20s and standing 5’8″ tall. He’s seen wearing a black jacket with a furry hood, black hoodie with a mask covering his face and grey sweatpants.
If you recognize the suspect or have any information that could help investigators, please call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.
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