At Least Six Stabbed in NYC Subway System After Mayor Unveiled New Safety Plan

At least six people were stabbed in the subway system of New York City over the weekend after top officials released a new plan to combat violence on public transit, authorities said.

The first five attacks took place within just over 24 hours after Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled a 17-page “Subway Safety Plan” on Feb. 18.

The first incident occurred on Feb. 18 evening when a man slashed another a man on the arm inside a Queens subway station. The suspect fled the scene on foot.

On Feb. 19, four incidents occurred, including three men stabbing a 46-year-old man in the thigh after demanding money from him.

At around 2:50 p.m. local time, a man stabbed a 20-year-old woman three times in the abdomen after punching her in the back inside a subway station in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York.

Then at around 8:30 p.m., two teenagers stabbed a 24-year-old man in the leg after attempting to rob him.

At 9 p.m., another stabbing incident occurred in which the suspect, who was smoking an unknown substance, stabbed the victim in the arm after a verbal dispute.

The sixth incident occurred on Feb. 20 evening when a man stabbed a 31-year-old man in the back while on a train between Lafayette Street and Canal Street.

The attacks came amid outcry over public transit safety after a homeless man pushed Michelle Alyssa Go, an Asian American woman, onto the subway tracks at the Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan, killing her.

Adams and Hochul announced that the newly unveiled safety plan would address public safety concerns by deploying more police and mental health teams across the subway system starting on Feb. 21.

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