A man has died after he was repeatedly stabbed in the legs after a dispute on a lower Manhattan subway station in New York City on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.
The attack was reportedly ignited just before 3 p.m. on the northbound J/Z train platform in Chambers Street Station, close to City Hall, where the victim, in his 20s, had been caught up in an argument with another man, said to be in his 30s.
Though the cause of the dispute is currently unknown, the altercation quickly became violent. During the scuffle, the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the victim “multiple times” in each of his legs, according to the NYPD.
Police were called, but the attacker had already fled before law enforcement arrived on the scene.
Images captured by the New York Post reveal a grisly scene, with a pool of blood seen at the foot of a stairwell, and an incapacitated man on the floor being attended to by a group of officers.
The victim was rushed to the Beekman Downtown Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead around 40 minutes after arriving. He suffered numerous stab wounds to both of his legs.
Police have not yet publicly identified the victim as they reportedly attempt to locate his next of kin.
The attacker has been described by police as a man with long black hair who is believed to be about 30 years old and is roughly 5’5″ tall and around 150 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to law enforcement.
After the stabbing, officers detained a man at the scene who identified himself as the victim’s cousin. He had blood on his face, appearing to be from a cut, and on his shirt, the New York Daily News reported.
The Daily Mail reported:
The man resisted as cops attempted to detain him and put him in the back of a patrol vehicle.
Officers reportedly assured the man he wasn’t under arrest, but said they needed to handcuff him before driving him to a police precinct.
The circumstances around the temporary detainment were not immediately clear. His hand cuffs were removed before officers drove away, the Daily News reported.
No arrests have so far been made in the case as of Sunday morning, police said. A motive is not yet known.
Footage of the suspected attacker was released by police on Sunday morning. The NYPD are appealing to the public to help identify the individual depicted.
Commuters told CBS New York that news of the stabbing was concerning and unnerving, with Andrea Rodriguez saying that “we’ve got a 20-year-old, 14-year-old, 12-year-old, and I worry about that because they are grandkids.”
“This is the world we live in. It’s getting crazier, stressful day by day,” Selina Tricoche said. “For that to happen, that’s scary.”
The Daily Mail reported a second incident:
Just over 12 hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning, a second stabbing occurred at 260 W 40th Street, outside the AC Hotel in Times Square at around 4:29am.
Police remained at the scene investigating throughout the early hours.
The NYPD told DailyMail.com that the circumstances surrounding the stabbing are not immediately clear, though the victim was assaulted and then stabbed.
The extent of the victim’s injuries were not immediately disclosed, but an NYPD spokesperson said the victim is ‘not likely to die’.
Footage from the scene shows an overturned City bike overturned out the front of AC Hotel, next to what appeared to be a discarded carrier bag.
Police do not have a description of the attacker and no arrests have been made, police said.
Violent crime in New York City has continued to surge through the months of September and into October, according to data.
September shooting incidents in the city increased 127 percent from 67 shootings in 2019 to 152 shootings in 2020. September murders spiked by 40 percent from 246 people killed in 2019 to 344 people killed in 2020.