BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A woman riding the subway who apparently angry over access to a subway pole and lunged at her fellow riders while wielding a sharp object and threatening to cut them and “get away with it,” in a caught-on-camera confrontation was arrested Tuesday.
Merci Chrisette, 28, of Bainbridge Street, Brooklyn, is charged assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
It all started on Dec. 18 on a downtown A train as it approached the Jay Street Metro-Tech station, police said.
In a video obtained by Gothamist, the attacker is seen repeatedly approaching the victims, even after they’ve stopped arguing with her. The outlet reports the fight began over a pole in the train car that the attacker was leaning on.
“Do you want to see what happens when I get off this train?” she said. “I’m going to cut you and I’m going to get away with it.”
The culprit ordered the victim to be quiet and told him, “You can talk when I get off this train.”
But when he began conversing with another person on the train, she erupted, grabbing a sharp object from her bag and lunging toward the man.
Victim: “You have a knife!”
Attacker: “Yeah, I do.”
The victims –- a 28-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man –- suffered cuts to their faces and heads and exited the train at Nostrand Avenue, police said. The pair refused medical attention while their attacker ran from the scene.