A man was bloodied following a brutal attack on a Midtown subway platform in New York City on Friday afternoon.
An MTA spokesperson said that the fight broke out between two men around 3.20pm on the northbound platform of the 49th Street station, which serves the city’s N and R trains.
The victim suffered obvious injuries to his head and was pictured sitting on the train station floor with bandages covering his eyes and forehead.
Officials said the man, whose jacket was splattered with blood, was taken to Bellevue Hospital. He held onto a red bandana as he was placed into the ambulance on a stretcher.
A man was bloodied following a brutal attack on a Midtown subway platform in New York City
The victim’s jacket was splattered with blood and he clutched a red bandana as he was wheeled out of the subway station
He suffered obvious injuries to his head and was pictured with bandages covering his eyes and forehead
Medics were seen assisting the victim out of the subway station before putting him into an ambulance
The battered man, who remains unidentified, was taken to Bellevue Hospital
The floor by the turnstiles to enter the train station’s platform was left covered with litter and bloodied.
The alleged suspect, who has not been named yet, was seen unscathed as he was handcuffed in the station.
The bald man, wearing jeans, black boots and a black trench coat, even appeared to smirk at the camera as he was guided in to the back of the police cruiser.
Both the victim and the suspect remain unidentified and the NYPD said the investigation is ongoing.
The attack comes just two days after a Columbia University doctoral student was knifed to death near the Ivy League college’s historic Manhattan campus – one of three people attacked by an ‘ecstatic’ gang member on a violent stabbing spree.
Davide Giri, 30, a PhD candidate in computer science, died around 11pm after being stabbed in the stomach by a 25-year-old member of the Bloods gang off-shoot, Everybody Killas, who has 16 prior arrests dating back to 2012 and was out on parole for a 2015 gang assault, police said.
The suspect appeared unscathed as he was handcuffed and even seemingly smirked at the camera as cops guided him into the back of the police cruiser
The alleged suspect was seen unscathed as he was handcuffed in the station
The NYPD said the investigation into the Midtown attack is ongoing
The floor where the attack happened was left littered and bloodied Friday afternoon
An MTA spokesperson said that the fight broke out between two men around 3.20pm on the northbound platform of the 49th Street station, which serves the city’s N and R trains
Officers arrested the suspect – Vincent Pinkney, of Manhattan- in Central Park 20 minutes later, after he had already stabbed an Italian tourist, Robert Malastina, 27, outside the park, howling with glee, and moved on to ‘menacing’ another man, 29, with a large kitchen knife as the victim strolled the park with his girlfriend.
Thursday’s fatal stabbing of Giri took place just a block away from where Bernard College student Tessa Majors, 18, was viciously stabbed to death in December 2019 as violent crimes continue to rise in New York City.
Police said Pinkney has a lengthy rap sheet that includes robberies and assaults and other alleged crimes.
He was previously convicted of gang assault in 2015 and served two years of a four-year sentence in jail before being let out on parole, according to state Department of Corrections records.
Police said Giri was the first victim of the stabbing spree and was attacked just before 11pm on Thursday at 123rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, in Morningside Heights.
Giri, a Brooklyn resident and Italian native, was stabbed on his way to his apartment after playing in a soccer match with the NY International FC. He was taken to St Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One Columbia student told the Daily News that Pinkney had been howling in joy after he knifed Giri and moved on to the second victim.
‘He was ecstatic,’ the student said.
Davide Giri (right), 30, a PhD candidate in computer science at Columbia University, died after being stabbed in the stomach by gang member Vincent Pickney (left), 25, on Thursday
Pinkney reportedly moved south on his stabbing spree, moving from Morningside Heights to Central Park
Although murders in the Big Apple have fallen by 0.7 percent compared to last year, from 436 to 433, overall homicides have soared by 42 per cent since 2019.
Felony assault have also shot up in 2021 by more than 9 percent, from 19,046 to 20,776 so far this year. Robberies also saw an increase of 3.7 percent, with 12,318 reported.
Rapes rose from 1,329 to 1,357, an increase of more than 2 percent, and the number of shooting victims also went up from 1,724 to 1,725.
Overall crime in New York City has gone up by 3.14 percent so far this year.
In an effort to curb the violent streak, the Bank of America reportedly told its Midtown employees on Friday to ‘dress down’ and avoid wearing company logos while commuting to the office.
Senior executives at the bank’s Bryant Park location have been encouraging their younger staffers to dress in order to attract less attention as they travel to work and have warned workers that wearing the company logo or dressing up could make them a target for assault, which is up 15 percent the past month.
John Yiannacopoulos, a media relations executive for Bank of America, told DailyMail.com on Friday that the company does offer ‘safety guidelines’ to employees.
However, Bank of America declined to let DailyMail.com view its guidelines.
A top executive of a large money management firm even said he started carrying a Taser – which has been legal to carry in New York since 2019, when a federal court reversed the state’s complete ban on civilian stun guns and tasers.
The bank’s office is only a block away from Times Square, with many employees using Penn Station and Port Authority as transportation hubs to commute to the office.
The surge in crime in New York City has only heightened fears as daylight-savings time ended in November, causing many commuters to travel home in the dark.
As a result, some companies, including Bank of America and Citibank, are offering private shuttles and car services for their employees who work after hours, so they can avoid public transportation altogether.
Meanwhile, the city’s Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, 61 – who ran his campaign on public safety – has promised to make the city safer and many are hoping he can.
Rising crime: NYC has seen an explosion in the incidences of violent assaults, murders, robberies and muggings in the past two years. Overall crime this year has gone up by more than 3 percent