Photos show suspect in No. 2 train slashing as knife-related crimes soar

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HARLEM, Manhattan — Police have released photos of a suspect they say allegedly slashed a man on a Harlem subway platform last month.

The suspect allegedly slashed a man’s face about 3:10 a.m. Sunday on the No. 2 train subway platform at 110th Street.  The incident happened after the victim got into a fight with the suspect over an altercation the suspect had with a woman.

The suspect is described as being 6-foot-2 and weighing 200 pounds.

Sunday’s slashing is one of 10 knife-related crimes in 2016.

A spokesperson for the NYPD told PIX11 of the incidents, six were slashings and four were stabbings. Seven of the incidents were preceded by a dispute, two were robberies and one was a random assault of a 71-year-old woman.

Despite the slashings and stabbings, the City reports that January 2016 was the safest on record.

Compared to January 2015, there were overall 44 fewer crimes.  The NYPD reports rape, robbery and murder reports are also on the decline.  The data also shows that grand larceny and felonious assault numbers are up.

“These overall crime numbers indicate a very good start to 2016, on the heels of a record crime-reduction year in 2015,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “The men and women of the NYPD will continue to address public safety through precision policing and other innovative strategies that are proving successful.”

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