A wave of violence has rocked the New York Metropolis transit system during the last week — with a terrifying tally that features a spate of subway slashings, a girl shoved to the tracks on Tuesday and a bus driver bashed with a 2-by-Four.
The NYPD revealed a previously unreported subway slashing on Tuesday, bringing the variety of assaults to at the least 5 prior to now week alone, police and sources stated.
“I don’t ever bear in mind it being this dangerous,” a retired transit supervisor stated. “However I’m not shocked contemplating the town is working amok and the politicians simply maintain placing their heads additional within the sand or, on this case, the outlet.”
“Town is filled with homeless and mentally in poor health individuals, however the metropolis retains throwing good cash after dangerous however not serving to or fixing issues,” he added.
The uptick in transit crime comes amid a lingering psychological well being disaster within the metropolis, which prompted interim transit boss Sarah Feinberg to ask Mayor Invoice de Blasio to allow social workers to be dispatched to 311 requires incidents within the subway system.
“There isn’t any doubt the town can higher serve the weak homeless and mentally in poor health inhabitants by connecting them with educated professionals, as an alternative of forcing bystanders to name 911, which inevitably ends in repetitive police motion,” Feinberg wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to the mayor.
“The people are rejected from the system solely to return the second police go away.”
MTA statistics present an total drop in felonies, however a rise in burglaries and robberies, and 6 murders over the yr — double the 2019 determine — regardless of a 70 % drop in ridership in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The yr additionally noticed a 62-percent dip in complete arrests within the transit system.
Talking at a press briefing Tuesday, de Blasio stated the town weathered “an ideal storm” in 2020, however maintained the subways stay safer than they had been prior to now.
“It’s not about comparability to even the ’90s,” he stated. “It’s comparability to much more latest years. The subways have gotten safer and safer.”
However the previous week has seen one other spike in violence.
The newest transit assault got here above floor Tuesday when the MTA bus driver was attacked close to 277 Remsen Ave. in Brooklyn round 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The driving force acquired right into a dispute with a passenger who spit on him and ran off the bus.
In a press release, the MTA known as the incident “reprehensible and unacceptable.”
He chased the suspect, who turned and smashed him with a 2-by-Four, leaving him with a gash to the top that despatched the motive force to Kings County Hospital.
The Massive Apple’s newest subway shove came about about two hours earlier when a 54-year-old Bronx girl was pushed onto elevated tracks on the 174th Avenue station in what authorities are calling an unprovoked assault.
The sufferer was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, the place she was listed in secure situation.
In the meantime, police have reported 5 subway slashings prior to now week, most not too long ago a Sunday night attack that left a 28-year-old man with a gash to the face.
The sufferer acquired right into a dispute with one other man on the West 4th Avenue-Washington Sq. station in Manhattan round 7 p.m. aboard a D prepare.
Within the newly reported assault, a 33-year-old man had each fingers slashed by a stranger who made inappropriate feedback to his buddy round 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue station in Queens.
On Saturday, a 30-year-old Brooklyn straphanger was stabbed in the face on a J prepare on the Kosciuszko Avenue station round eight:30 a.m.
And on Wednesday, two straphangers had been attacked in separate assaults.
One sufferer, 22, was slashed in the face after telling one other passenger on a 6 prepare to show down his music at Grand Central Terminal, and a 61-year-old straphanger was slashed within the face earlier within the day after a dispute on an L prepare platform at 14th Avenue.
“My mother is actually, actually scared,” a veteran cop advised The Put up. “She drives into work at Riker’s Island day-after-day as a result of she’s scared to demise to get on the subway.”
“She says she’s afraid of being pushed on the tracks,” he stated. “She’s scared for her life.”
Additonal reporting by David Meyer and Nolan Hicks