Man arrested for slashing victim’s neck in Union Square: police


An ambulance and first responders on the scene of a slashing at the Union Square subway slashing on May 18, 2021. (Credit: Citizen App)

UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — A 19-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the slashing of a man’s neck at Union Square Tuesday, police said.

Officers were called to the Union Square station around 3 p.m Tuesday.

The 45-year-old victim and the suspect had gotten into a fight on a train platform when the suspect pulled out a knife and slashed the victim, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, police said.

The suspect fled the train station and remained at large Tuesday evening.

On Friday, police arrested Daquan Benbow, 19, and charged him with assault.

The attack happened just one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYPD would deploy an additional 250 officers to the subway system to combat a spike in violent crime.

Another woman was the victim of a slashing at that very same station the next day.

Just last week, MTA CEO and Chairman Pat Foye told the PIX11 Morning News the agency wanted the NYPD to send another 600 officers into the transit system to address safety concerns as ridership increases and overnight subway services resumes.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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