EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Three men were taken into custody after a man was slashed in the face on a Manhattan subway platform overnight, the NYPD said.
Police were called to the East 116th Street subway station, at Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, around 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to authorities.
Authorities said the man, 31, got into a dispute with three other men on the northbound No. 6 train platform.
Things escalated when the victim was slashed in the mouth, according to police.
An NYPD spokesperson said a female called 911 for the assault on her father. The age of the daughter was not immediately known.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition was not clear Monday morning.
Police said three man – ages 38, 42 and 55 – were taken into custody in connection with the attack, with police sources telling PIX11 it appeared the three men were homeless.
Charges for the trio were still pending Monday morning.
Hours before the slashing, a tourist was stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver in an unprovoked attack aboard a No. 1 train in Lower Manhattan, according to the NYPD. The stabbing happened around 8 p.m. Sunday at the Chambers Street station.
Police said a good Samaritan pulled the attacker off the victim, who was visiting from Ecuador with his family. A 26-year-old man was taken into police custody, according to the NYPD. Charges against him still were pending early Monday morning.
The attacks are the latest in an ongoing string of violent crimes on the city’s subways, resulting in days of back and forth between the MTA and City Hall on transit safety.
Both MTA Chairman Pat Foye and Interim NYC Transit President Sarah Feinberg had said more police are needed underground to address the rise in crime.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has contended that the transit system is safe and New Yorkers should not be deterred from riding the subway as the city reopens.
Feinberg on Friday said NYPD Commissioner Shea heard their concerns and agreed to deploy more auxiliary police officers to the top 20 busiest stations, but she said more still needs to be done.
“We know that in order for more and more people to return to mass transit they need to feel safe. That’s why we continue to call on the city to add additional full-time police officers and mental health resources to the subway system immediately,” she said.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, 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).