MANHATTAN – A subway train became the scene of bloodshed Tuesday night when an attacker stabbed a woman in the head with something sharp in the latest underground attack on the Upper East Side.
Police say the violent attack unfolded on a (4) train, which was heading southbound from the East 86th Street-Lexington Avenue station, just before 9:00 pm– when the 39-year-old victim got into an argument with the suspect. The reason for the dispute is not clear.
At some point, investigators say the suspect— also a woman— pulled a weapon and used it to slash the victim’s in the back of the head– creating a puncture wound– leaving the victim bloody and shaken.
Once the train pulled into the next stop at the East 59th Street-Lexington Avenue station, detectives say the suspect took off. Despite an extensive search Tuesday night, the attacker managed to give officers the slip.
The train’s conductor— who contacted police after being notified by a passenger about the assault — saw the victim bleeding in the next train car over and told detectives he had seen the attacker get on at the East 125th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station, noticing her because she was acting irate.
The attack comes despite a surge of police officers into the subway to tackle rising crime and random attacks. On the Upper East Side, felony assaults and subway crime are both up sharply year-to-year, according to NYPD statistics.
As for the victim, she was taken to the Weill Cornell Medical Center and is expected to recover from her injuries.
If you have any information on the attack that took place aboard the 4 train Tuesday night, please contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477. All calls are strictly confidential.