MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Police have arrested a Bronx man in connection to a box cutter slashing on the subway at Bryant Park station, officials say.
Michael McKenzie, 44, has been charged with second degree assault, which is a felony.
McKenzie was taken into custody at St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx. Staff recognized him from surveillance footage after he had checked himself into the hospital, and alerted police, police said.
The victim, now identified as 38-year-old Najib Diab, was slashed with a box cutter on his face, chest and hands on the D train at 10:18 a.m. Thursday at the station, located at West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, police said.
The two men were arguing on the train when the attacker allegedly pulled out a box cutter and slashed the victim.
Blood was seen spattered along the platform, up the stairs and about another 15 feet on the station's upper level. The victim got out of the train and chased his attacker, police said.
The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, the NYPD said.