CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn -- A 37-year-old man who allegedly threatened to chop a 29-year-old woman up then slashed her while on the subway has turned himself in to police Thursday.
Ras Alula Nagarit, of East Harlem, faces multiple charges including assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, according to police.
The slashing happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on a southbound No. 3 train between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway, police said.
The victim was in the subway car when Nagarit allegedly told her, “I will chop you up on this train,” police said. He then pulled out a machete wrapped in a cloth and hit the victim with it, cutting her right hand.
Police said the confrontation began on the subway platform with him, the victim and another woman arguing over an unknown reason.
After the attack, he ran away when the train pulled into the station. Officers responded and transported the victim to a hospital where she was treated and released.
Nagarit has a history of violence. In 1996, he was arrested for a gunpoint robbery and later in 2013 for assault, according to cops. Police were searching for him in connection to a 2014 assault and will now likely be charged in that case.
The NYPD has not found the large knife involved in the attack.