MORRIS HEIGHTS, the Bronx (PIX11) – A Bronx man was fatally stabbed in an unprovoked attack as he was getting off a subway train Thursday night in Morris Heights, police said, just one of a spate of transit system attacks in recent days.
The stabbing happened at the 176th Street station on the No. 4 line around 8:30 p.m., authorities said. The victim, 38-year-old Charles Moore, was assaulted by a man wielding a large knife as he exited a northbound train onto the platform in what officials described as an unprovoked attack.
Surveillance footage of the incident released by police, which PIX11 News is not publishing due to its nature, shows the assailant and Moore locked in a struggle, their momentum carrying them away from the train and into a gate on the platform. Throughout the attack, the assailant can be seen making repeated stabbing motions, eventually getting Moore onto the platform floor and attacking him from above as fellow straphangers fled in the background.
Moore suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back, police said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and succumbed to his injuries early Friday.
The assailant was gone by the time police arrived on scene, and no weapon was found. The suspect is described by investigators as 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants, and black Nike sneakers with a gray logo, while carrying a black backpack.
That attack came just hours after another man was slashed across the face inside a subway station in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, authorities said.
In that incident, one man tailed another into the Grant Avenue station on the A line around 5:15 p.m. Thursday and cut the victim across the face while he was trying to get through the turnstile, officials said.
First responders brought the victim to an area hospital, where he was released after receiving stitches, police said.
Investigators released surveillance images of the suspect in that attack, who ran out of the station on foot and was last seen riding a black scooter along Pitkin Avenue. He’s described as about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds with a heavy build. He wore a red hoodie, a baseball cap, blue jeans, and dark sneakers.
Late Tuesday, a man was stabbed inside Midtown Manhattan’s sprawling Times Square – 42nd Street station, on the mezzanine near the 42nd Street shuttle, according to authorities. Officials at the time described his condition as stable.
And just over 24 hours before that, a man was shoved onto the tracks at Manhattan’s 14th Street – Union Square hub in what police has described as another unprovoked attack. A train was not coming into the station at the time, and that victim suffered what authorities said were minor injuries.
A suspect in the Union Square incident, identified as 36-year-old Clarence Anderson, was arrested on two counts of assault after another incident in which he allegedly hit a construction worker with a rock, according to police.
Officials had not announced an arrest in the Times Square incident as of early Friday.
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