Man stabbed multiple times on C train following attempted robbery

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MANHATTAN — A man was stabbed several times during an attempted robbery on the subway Saturday morning, officials said.

It happened around 6 a.m. on a southbound C train as it ran express from 125th Street to 59th Street/Columbus Circle, police said.

The attacker, identified as Jamel Purnell, 39, initially tried to rob a 28-year-old man. After the two men got into a scuffle, the would-be robber approached a 61-year-old passenger and stabbed him three times in the abdomen.

The victim was transported to the hospital.

Purnell was arrested and faces charges of robbery, felony assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, police said.