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MTA train conductor stabbed in the Bronx

Posted: 11:13 AM, Apr 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-21 18:04:34-04

The BRONX — An MTA train conductor was stabbed at a Bronx subway station Sunday morning.

According to police, the 33-year-old conductor was stabbed during a dispute at the 149 Street-Grand Concourse train station.

Officers were on scene, monitoring the area, holding a knife believed to be used in the incident.

He has been on the job for five years, according to Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano

In a statement, Utano said he is demanding the "full weight of the law now come down on the individual arrested for his attack" and demands the city step up and make the subway safer.

He also addressed the fact that the attacker may be an emotionally disturbed person, and that many of them "use the subway system for refuge," posing as a threat to workers and passengers.

"We demand that the full weight of the law now come down on the individual arrested for this attack. We also demand that the city step up and make the subway safer for both workers and riders. We want to go to work and return to our families safe and sound.

The early reports indicate that the attacker is an emotionally disturbed person.  Too many of these unfortunate people use the subway system for refuge, and some of them pose a serious threat to workers and passengers, as it appears was the case this morning.

The city is failing to address some very serious social issues, and it falls well short of its responsibility to move these people from the subway system to proper shelters where they can receive the care and treatment they need."

During investigation, southbound Nos. 4 and 6 trains are currently bypassing the station as police investigate.