Man arrested following spate of stabbings on NY subway trains

NY subway stabbing

A 21-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested Sunday and charged in connection with a series of stabbings in New York City's subway system that left two dead and another two injured within a 14-hour period.

In the first attack, a 67-year-old man is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed by a masked assailant at the West 181st Street station in upper Manhattan, police said. About two hours later in the early hours of Saturday, an unconscious 45-year-old female with multiple stab wounds was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

In October 2019, NY police arrested a 24-year-old man accused of using a metal pipe to beat four fellow homeless people to death as they slept in the city's Chinatown district.

Detectives said the attacks, all on the A train or at stations served by it, were unprovoked and that they are investigating whether they were all committed by the same person.

Police said they were searching for a man they suspect could be behind all of the attacks.

"Perhaps Council Speaker Johnson should ask NYers if they want more or less police on the streets & in the subways - especially since the tragic murders on the A Line", Detectives' Endowment Association tweeted Saturday. At least three of the stabbings appear to be connected, and police are investigating whether the fourth is as well, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a press briefing Saturday afternoon.

Police leaders said they would deploy an additional 500 officers into the subway system to guard against future assaults. "We want to do everything we can to make sure it remains the safest system, and that people also feel safe". The attacks came in the city's latest string of subway crimes.

"Every customer, and each of our courageous, heroic transit workers deserve a safe and secure transit system", New York City Transit interim President Sarah Feinberg and TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a joint statement.

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