NEW YORK— According to the NYPD, out of 37 felony assaults aboard the transit system this year— ten were slashings or stabbings.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in half of the robbery cases, the victims were attacked after falling asleep on the train— and now he is ordering cops to wake up subway riders who doze off.
But the president of the detectives endowment Association, Michael Palladino, wants to see more action on a higher level—starting with lawmakers.
"If you're going to decriminalize or ask the police to look the other way when people are jumping the turnstile to gain entry into the subway then you're asking for trouble, as I said little bit of encouragement for a criminal goes along way," said Palladino.
There are a number of examples, of incidents that happened just recently.
The NYPD is looking for a man who groped a woman on the subway Tuesday. A 38-year-old female victim was aboard a northbound 5 train approaching the Baychester subway station, when an unknown man approached her from behind and rubbed himself against her body multiple times.
The victim exited the train at the Baychester subway station and while the individual remained onboard. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.