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Good Samaritan lunges at knifeman to save woman he was stabbing in random NYC subway attack


Video captured the horrifying moment a woman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on the subway before a passing journalist jumped in to save her. 

The stabbing unfolded in the Union Square station on Wednesday night when 54-year-old Kelli Daley was jumped by a man identified as 22-year-old Joshua Nazario. 

Police said Nazario slashed Daley across her left shoulder, collarbone, and upper chest while she was waiting on the southbound N, Q, R platform for the train around 10.10pm. 

Sean Conaboy, 52, a freelance camera man for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), was finishing a 12 hour shift in Times Square when he saw what was happening and jumped in to stop the attack – tackling Nazario to the ground and restraining him until police arrived.  

The incident marked the second stabbing at the Union Square station in as many days – and the 17th such attack in the subway over the past two weeks. 

Video captured the horrifying moment a woman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on the subway before a passing journalist jumped in to save her

Suspect Joshua Nazario is seen crossing the subway platform moments before the stabbing

Suspect Joshua Nazario is seen crossing the subway platform moments before the stabbing

Witness Sean Conaboy heard the victim screaming and jumped in to tackle her attacker

Witness Sean Conaboy heard the victim screaming and jumped in to tackle her attacker

The stabbing suspect, 22-year-old Joshua Nazario, is pictured above

The stabbing suspect, 22-year-old Joshua Nazario, is pictured above 

Daley, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital in a stable condition for treatment of multiple stab wounds, recounted the horror attack in an interview with the New York Daily News.   

‘I just put my glasses on and was just looking at my phone,’ Daley said. ‘Somebody came up behind me kind of like when you see a long lost friend and they hug you.’

Next thing she knew she was being slashed by someone she’d never met.   

‘I felt stabbing,’ Daley said. ‘I screamed loud. I kept screaming.

‘My first thought was: “This can’t be happening.” I thought it was like a hug, like someone who knew me. I think he just wanted to stab me. It was very strange.’

Conaboy said before the attack he had noticed something odd about Nazario standing on the subway platform: he was wearing winter clothes, despite scorching weather outside. 

‘I looked at his face, as he walked past me,’ Conaboy said. ‘He looked in my eyes.’

Moments later he heard Daley screaming and jumped in to help.  

‘It was in that instant that I saw a woman,’ he told the Daily News. ‘She got pulled back out of my line of sight, away from the platform edge, and I heard a scream. And then I saw the knife come out from behind the column, in a full grip in a downward jagged position. 

‘I immediately ran to that spot, then I just jumped on his back and I tackled him. Then I was on top of him. 

‘At this point, I don’t know where the knife is. At some point in the scuffle, the woman got out and escaped.’

Sean Conaboy describes his heroic actions to CBC News

Sean Conaboy describes his heroic actions to CBC News 

Conaboy said he feared that he could be stabbed by Nazario, but thankfully someone had kicked the knife out of his hand before he was wrestled to the ground. 

‘I knew as long as he had that knife that I was in very serious danger,’ Conaboy said. ‘I knew if he turned to face me that I’m going to be stabbed.’

Both Conaboy and Daley said the incident is proof that crime is out of control on the subway.  

‘This unprovoked violence is inexcusable,’ Conaboy said. ‘The mayor said it’s safe to ride the trains but he has security detail and he’s 6 feet tall. This was a 50-year-old woman. 

‘I’m mostly angry at the fact that people can’t simply wait on a crowded platform without getting attacked from behind.’ 

Daley said of Nazario: ‘I just wish he would’ve gotten the help he needs. I wish I would’ve understood why he was so angry at a stranger.’

Nazario was expected to be charged and arraigned on Thursday. 

Police said it was his first arrest in New York City.  

Police set up tape to stop the public from entering the platform where Daley was stabbed

Police set up tape to stop the public from entering the platform where Daley was stabbed

Blood was seen on the floor of the station platform and the victim was taken to Bellevue hospital where she is now 'conscious and alert'

Blood was seen on the floor of the station platform and the victim was taken to Bellevue hospital where she is now ‘conscious and alert’

The incident with Nazario marked the second stabbing at Union Square in two days after a commuter was slashed in the neck with a pocket knife on a platform.   

The 45-year-old man was stabbed following an argument with another man on the L line platform at around 4pm on Tuesday, police said.

The victim was slashed in the neck by the suspect, who was wearing black pants, a neon shirt and a black hat, the Daily News reported.  

Blood was seen on the floor of the station platform and the victim was taken to Bellevue hospital where he is now ‘conscious and alert’.

The stabbing comes just days after last Friday’s subway slashing spree which left five people injured. Four teenagers, aged 17 to 19, were arrested. 

Statistics show that there have been 119 felony assaults on New York City’s subway system since January – the highest number for the first three months of the year since 1998. 

Eyewitness Maria Paz Alegre said that police swarmed the station after Tuesday’s stabbing.

‘The platform was way more crowded than usual,’ she said. ‘A bunch of police officers started storming in. 

‘One of them knelt down, my view was blocked by benches and people, so I didn’t see why he bent down. When his head popped up he yelled, ‘Everyone out! Get out!” 

A 45-year-old man was attacked after an argument broke out between him and and another man on the L line platform at around 4pm on Tuesday. Pictured: Investigators speak to witnesses at the station

A 45-year-old man was attacked after an argument broke out between him and and another man on the L line platform at around 4pm on Tuesday. Pictured: Investigators speak to witnesses at the station

Last weekend, five people – including two police officers- were violently attacked on the New York City subway in just a four-hour period on Sunday May 16. 

From 5.30am to 9.30am a 41-year-old man was attacked and robbed of his cellphone by three men and two police officers were injured chasing fare dodgers, ABC 7 News reported.  

While on Friday four people were randomly stabbed and a fifth sucker punched in the subway slashing spree. 

The suspect was caught with a bloodied knife and a victim’s backpack prosecutors say.  

Joseph Foster, 18, was charged last Sunday with first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon over his alleged role in the shocking attacks which left one victim blind in one eye.

Surveillance footage shows another victim trying to escape from a train before Foster allegedly dragged him back inside, according to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Katherine Byrns, who suggested the attacks were part of a gang ‘initiation’. 

The backpack which Foster was holding belonged to the blinded victim and had a bloodied kitchen knife inside, it is claimed.

Foster has a three-year-old daughter and was previously arrested on January 13 on first-degree robbery charges for an alleged knifepoint mugging and stabbing of a cyclist. He was released without bail, the New York Post reported. 

Three men have now been charged and police are hunting a fourth suspect (pictured in a surveillance camera image)

Three men have now been charged and police are hunting a fourth suspect (pictured in a surveillance camera image) 

Two other suspects have been charged over the incident: a 16-year-old minor and Taquarious Soto-Burgos. 

NYPD has released a surveillance camera image of a fourth suspect they are hunting; they have not released images of the suspects who were apprehended. 

Prosecutors say Foster and his co-conspirators ’embarked on a violent robbery spree’ just after 4am Friday that began with several thefts at 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue before continuing south. 

The first attack took place at around 4.20am, when a 44-year-old man on the southbound 4-train was slashed in the left side of his cheek, police said.

He got off at the 14th Street/Union Square station, but the suspects stayed on the train beat two sleeping men about five minutes later. 

One man, 41, was woken up with sucker punch to the face, and the second man, 40, was slashed across the face, police said. They got off the train at Astor Place in Manhattan.

The suspects continued to wreak havoc on the train by slashing a fourth man, 44, across the face while he boarded the train from the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station at 4.30am and threw his phone on the tracks, police said.

About 30 minutes later, a fifth victim, 48, told police in the area of Yankee stadium that he had been stabbed in the eye, slashed in the back and left side of his neck, and robbed of his backpack in the area of 79th Street-Broadway subway station.

The brazen acts of violence were the latest of 15 assaults on the subway system last week alone, according to Transit Worker Union boss Tony Utano, and appear to part of the epidemic of violence that has gripped New York City’s underground rail lines. 

Friday’s attack happened two days after four commuters were beaten over the course of three hours in unprovoked subway attacks, including a victim who was spat on and slashed in the face.

The unnamed victim was seated on a bench at the Times Square station on the southbound platform for the No. 1, 2 and 3 lines when he was approached by an unidentified man Wednesday morning.

He told police the assailant began talking to him, at which point he removed his headphones and asked: ‘Are you talking to me?’ 

Statistics show murders and serious crimes are rocketing on the NYC subway, with figures revealing that 119 felony assaults have taken place so far this year – the highest number for the first three months of the year since 1998. 

Last year saw 106 felony assaults recorded over the same period, with 91 reported in 2019. 

Murders doubled between 2019 and 2020 – from three, to six, with the 2021 figure now on track to eclipse the previous two years. 

Meanwhile, felonies – serious crimes including murders, rapes and assaults – saw a steep 53.7 per cent increase over the last two years. 

For every million riders in the first three months of this year there were a reported 1.63 felonies. That was up from 1.06 reported felonies per million riders in 2019 – a 53.7 per cent increase.

The numbers for the early part of 2021 are also up on the 1.48 reported felonies per million riders for the same period in 2020 – an increase of 10.1 per cent in just a year, according to The New York Times

There have also been seven racist attacks on Asian-Americans so-far in 2021, compared to none recorded over the same period the previous year.

The total number of major felonies has dropped overall – with 335 reported this year so far, versus 697 for the same period in 2020, and 559 for the same period in 2019. 

But safety advocates say the overall number of riders was far greater for the same period last year and the year before, pre-COVID shutdowns, and that the felonies per million riders offer a more useful snapshot of rising crime figures. 

New York City crime statistics show that violent crimes, including felonies and felony assaults, have risen dramatically in the first few months of 2021. Murders on the subway system have been up 25% since 2019 and are on track to beat 2020 numbers

New York City crime statistics show that violent crimes, including felonies and felony assaults, have risen dramatically in the first few months of 2021. Murders on the subway system have been up 25% since 2019 and are on track to beat 2020 numbers

Around 2.1 million people a day now ride the subway system, well down on the 5.4 million average weekday riders, before COVID-19 saw people switch to working from home, and limited socializing opportunities.  

Anecdotally, there has also been an uptick in people being shoved onto the subway tracks.

NYPD Data shows that since Christmas Eve 2020, six people have been pushed onto the subway track by someone with mental health issues, the New York Daily News reported.

In an effort to combat the rise in violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to deploy 250 additional police officers to the subway, bringing the number up to over 3,000 cops, the largest force the subway system has seen in 25 year, NYT reported.

De Blasio has insisted that the subway is relatively safe. But state Governor Andrew Cuomo – who is in charge of the MTA – said he would not let his daughters ride the subway due to safety concerns.

‘I think we have been underpoliced for quite some time,’ the governor told reporters on Monday.

The mayor and the governor, who frequently clash over big issues, are not the only two city officials in disagreement over subway safety.

Kathryn Wylde, the president and chief executive of the Partnership for New York City, an influential business group, said that subway safety is the biggest obstacle in getting New Yorkers back into the office full-time.

‘I don’t think there’s any question that fear of crime is way up,’ she told the NYT. ‘You can’t reopen offices if people aren’t comfortable taking mass transit.’

While Kathleen O’Reilly, the Police Department’s transit bureau chief, has slammed the ‘continued fearmongering’ surrounding the subway.

‘It’s a disservice to New Yorkers to advance a narrative that crime is soaring in the subways when it’s simply not the case,’ the NYT reported she told transit officials at an agency board meeting in April.  

Many officials say crime rates should drop as vaccinated people return to work and the subways become busier, meaning there is ‘safety in numbers’ from potential attacks. 

In an effort to combat the rise in violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to deploy 250 additional police officers to the subway. A cop is pictured at 34th Street Station

In an effort to combat the rise in violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to deploy 250 additional police officers to the subway. A cop is pictured at 34th Street Station 



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