MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A subway slashing victim spoke to PIX11 just one day after being slashed across the face with a presumed box cutter.
Nadia Kashem, 26, knows she's lucky her injuries weren't more serious, but she wants the other passengers who helped her Sunday afternoon to come forward to provide police with a better description of her attacker.
Kashem showed us her blood stained handbag. The blood was from the cowardly slashing she received on the uptown No. 6 train Sunday around 1:15 p.m.
She was cut across the bridge of her nose and also dangerously close to her right eye. EMS and doctors who treated her said she was lucky to still have her sight.
On her way to visit a friend in the Bronx, Kashem said she noticed a man she described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches, wearing yellow and black sneakers, walking towards her.
Just as the train she was sitting in approached the 138th and Third Avenue station in the Mott Haven section off the Bronx, Kashem said the man grabbed at her bag and tried to make a run for it.
"I know he targeted me because I'm a woman and because he figured there's a short little woman on the corner of this train, I'll just grab her purse," Kashem said.
Instinctively, the Fordham law school student said she held on tight, refused to let go of her bag and that's when she was not only punched in the face but also slashed across the face.
Kashem said she didn't know her attacker had a knife, but if she did she would have let go of her bag.
The suspect ran off at the Mott Haven stop, but Kashem said she was too scared to get off the train. Fellow passengers helped to calm her down and contain her bleeding injuries.
Today, she hopes those same Good Samaritans come forward and provide police with a better description of her attacker. She wants to make sure this slasher doesn't hurt another person again.
Police at this point do not have a surveillance photo or video to share with us yet, but said their investigation is continuing.
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