EAST HARLEM — The man who was slashed in the face on a crowded platform of an East Harlem subway station on Thursday told PIX11’s Nicole Johnson he thought he was going to die.
“They tried to murder me,” 34-year-old John Kramer said, wpeaking to PIX by phone Friday.
Kramer explained how the incident went down a the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station along the 4/5/6 train line.
Kramer said it was when he accidentally bumped into a man in the busy station that it all started. “I backed up. He put up his hands like he wanted to fight me, and then he pulled out a knife,” Kramer said.
“Somebody came up behind me and pushed me, and then he lunged at me with the knife at the same time,” Kramer recounted.
Police on Friday released a photo of the suspect they’re looking for who allegedly slashed Kramer.
Later Thursday night at the same train station, in an unrelated incident, police said 30-year-old Julio Leonardo was arrested after punching a train conductor.
Witnesses said Leonard became irate after the conductor asked him to stop holding the doors of a 4 train.
Police say that overall, crime in the city’s subway system is not a major issue. They say on average, officers respond to maybe six or seven incidents a day.