A 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the middle after a fight on a Manhattan subway platform no later than Saturday afternoon crime to shock New York’s embattled transit system.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, an NYPD spokesman said officers were called to the 137 Street – City College train station after being briefed on an ongoing crime.
When officers arrived at the station, they found a 14-year-old man on the platform of the northbound Line 1 with a stab wound to the stomach.
The victim was transported to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s where he was pronounced dead.
Officials said the victim would not be identified until his family was notified.
The station is located in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, just north of the Ivy League’s Columbia University.
A witness told CBS New York that the fight began when three teenage girls tried to rob the victim.
The witness said: “There were girls. There were three little girls. There was a guy with the green one like me, he stabbed, and there were also two small children, maybe 13 or 14. They wanted to take his phone.’
The person also said that the emergency services arrived too late to save the teenager: “When they brought him up he was dead. His head was tilted back, his eyes were rolled white and purple again, his lips were purple, purple . He was dead.”
An NYPD spokesman said officers were called to the 137 Street – City College train stations after being notified of an ongoing crime
NYC Transit President Richard Davey called the stabbing “senseless and tragic.”
When officers arrived at the station, they found a 14-year-old boy with a stab wound to the stomach on the platform of line 1 northbound. Hours later, bloodstains were visible on the walls leading out of the station
The victim was transported to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s where he was pronounced dead
A 15-year-old, who said he knew the victim, told the Post: “It’s devastating bro. That should never have happened. It is sad. The child grew up and had so much to look forward to.’
A local resident told the newspaper: “They are not even safe during the day anymore. They do things during the day now. They have no respect for the cops or anyone. Where are the parents of these kids doing this crap? I just do not understand.’
The suspect remains at large. Police have identified a suspect through surveillance video, according to the New York Daily News.
Speaking at a youth event in the Bronx, Mayor Eric Adams said, “Being here today and hearing about the stabbings really underscores why we need to turn on the lights in schools like this so that our children have a safe space.”
While NYC Transit President Richard Davey called the stabbing “senseless and tragic,” NY1 reports. Davey said his office is cooperating with the NYPD investigation.
Shaun Abreu, a member of the Democratic New York City Council, whose district the station is a part of, said in a statement: “My office is aware of the young man who was fatally stabbed on Platform 1 in Hamilton Heights. This violence is despicable and tragic. I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of the victim.’
This is the fifth murder this year in Abreu district.
The suspect remains at large. Police have identified a suspect from surveillance video
officers at the crime scene. Officials said the victim would not be identified until his family was notified
This is the third stabbing this week on the New York City subway system
This is the third stabbing this week on the New York City subway system. On Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was stabbed in the back and punched in the face in an unprovoked attack around 6 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Jay Street Metrotech station.
The victim was taken to hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
On train seven in Queens, a driver had his face and hands cut at around 8:30 a.m. during the morning rush hour. This victim was also taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Crime is on the rise across the board in New York City. Mayor Adams pledged to crack down on crime in the Big Apple, specifically citing subway fare fraud
In January, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that 1,000 more officers would be deployed on the nation’s largest subway system.
Violent crime has become endemic in New York’s transportation system in 2022.
According to statistics from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, rapes and robberies have increased by over 50% this year compared to the same time. Meanwhile, crime is up over 15% and grand theft is up over 97%.
NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox told the MTA board last Monday that the increase in thefts was mostly due to overnight trains. Wilcox said there have been many cases of passengers falling asleep on the train and waking up with items missing, the New York Post reports.
According to statistics from the MTA, there were four assaults and 82 cases of harassment of New York City transit workers in June alone
Wilcox added: “We are focused on this type of crime. Our detectives investigate these crimes. But we also ask passengers to be more vigilant in this area when boarding trains late at night.”
Overall, transit crime citations have increased by 40% compared to this time last year.
According to statistics from the MTA, there were four assaults and 82 cases of harassment of New York City transit workers in June alone.
In 2022, there were 35 attacks on city employees on subways and train stations.
While crime is on the rise, the number of subway riders has also increased by almost 35% compared to last year.
In June, it was announced that the NYPD was installing 100 hidden cameras on subways across the city.
The cameras are not monitored and do not transmit in real time, but are used as a backup to help investigators collect evidence.
The selected trains are the ones where 53% of the subway crimes were committed.
The suspect remains at large. Officials said the victim would not be identified until his family was notified