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Midtown subway station robbery victim speaks out against rising NYC transit crime


New York City‘s surge in subway crime continued over Memorial Day weekend as one man was stabbed in the neck with a broken umbrella at a Harlem subway station and another was brutally beaten, robbed and slashed by a pair of muggers wearing distinctive shoes in Midtown.  

Just before 5am Sunday, a 64-year-old man, was cornered by a pair of robbers at a Midtown subway turnstile at East 59th Street and Lexington Ave, police said. 

Surveillance video showed the two in distinctive, flashy footwear jumping the victim before punching him and cutting his face with a knife. 

A still-image taken from surveillance video footage of a man being beaten and robbed at the Lexington Avenue and E. 59th Street train station on Sunday, one of many subway crimes that occurred over the three-day holiday weekend

The Midtown subway station victim, identified only as H.M., spoke to ABC7 after Sunday's attack. The 64-year-old man required 12 stitches on his forehead and two other stitches above his eye

The Midtown subway station victim, identified only as H.M., spoke to ABC7 after Sunday’s attack. The 64-year-old man required 12 stitches on his forehead and two other stitches above his eye

The Brooklyn native says he is done commuting to Manhattan following the robbery and assault. He had just finished praying at a mosque in Midtown and was on his way home prior to the vicious attack

The Brooklyn native says he is done commuting to Manhattan following the robbery and assault. He had just finished praying at a mosque in Midtown and was on his way home prior to the vicious attack

Identified only as Brooklyn-resident H.M., the victim said he is done commuting to Manhattan after the vicious and unprovoked attack, ABC7NY reports. 

‘I feel angry and upset and sad,’ he said. He had just finished praying at a Midtown mosque.

‘Hit me two times here, in this eye and this eye, and the other guy, he brought a razor,’ he added. ‘And the blood start coming and took the money from me and disappeared.’  

He required 12 stitches on his forehead and other two stitches near one of his eyes. He wore a COVID-19 mask during the Eyewitness News interview to obscure his identity out of fear that his attackers might come after him again. 

One of the attackers dragged the man by his feet after he attempted to escape by jumping over the turnstile, the video shows. 

Surveillance video showed the two suspects with flashy footwear jumping the victim before punching him and cutting his face with a knife

Surveillance video showed the two suspects with flashy footwear jumping the victim before punching him and cutting his face with a knife 

Elsewhere in Manhattan, a man was attacked and stabbed with a broken umbrella handle at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem

Elsewhere in Manhattan, a man was attacked and stabbed with a broken umbrella handle at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem

The 51-year-old Harlem victim was stabbed multiple times and was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where his condition was later stabilized authorities say

The 51-year-old Harlem victim was stabbed multiple times and was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where his condition was later stabilized authorities say

‘Give us your money, or we’re gonna kill you,’ the duo demanded. 

The two attackers continued to kick and beat the man before one slashed the victim’s face with a blade as he stood trapped in the turnstile. 

The video then shows the man taking $150 in cash out of his pockets, which the slasher quickly snatches from his hands before the two flee the scene, according to the NYPD.

The pair also stole the man’s cell phone before leaving him bloody and beaten in the station, he told the news outlet. 

Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a news release seeking information that could lead to their capture. 

The man who slashed the Midtown victim’s face had a grey Champion sweatshirt on with Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, with his accomplice wearing a black sweatshirt and Timberland x NBA basketball shoes. 

The Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers go for about $210, according to the website Flight Club, with the Timberland x NBA boots fetching up to $299 on the website StockX.

Police highlighted the suspects' expensive footwear in a news release seeking information that could lead to their capture. One of the suspects was wearing Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, which run anywhere from $200-$299

Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a news release seeking information that could lead to their capture. One of the suspects was wearing Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, which run anywhere from $200-$299

The other 'sneakerhead' robber was wearing a pair of Timberland x NBA Boots, which cost about $250. Cops hope the distinctive footwear will help identify the assailants

The other ‘sneakerhead’ robber was wearing a pair of Timberland x NBA Boots, which cost about $250. Cops hope the distinctive footwear will help identify the assailants

One of the Midtown subway attackers flees after he and an accomplice rob, beat and slash a 64-year-old man for $150 in cash

One of the Midtown subway attackers flees after he and an accomplice rob, beat and slash a 64-year-old man for $150 in cash

Nearly 24 hours later in Harlem, another man was stabbed in the neck with a broken umbrella handle before being slashed with his own knife, which he had dropped during the scuffle at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem, PIX11 reports.

The 51-year-old victim, who was himself armed with a knife, got into a dispute with another, unidentified man. The victim dropped the knife during the confrontation before being stabbed in the back and shoulder with the umbrella shard, police sources told the outlet. 

He was rushed to nearby Harlem Hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable several hours later, according to authorities. 

His attacker fled the subway station following the assault. 

No arrests have been made in either subway crime, police say.

The duo wanted in connection to the Midtown subway robbery are described as between 18 and 25 years old, with both men wearing designer shoes. The attacker in the black sweatshirt had a tattoo on his right hand, the Daily News reports.

The umbrella-stabber is simply described as a man in his 30s. 

Law enforcement gather at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem after a 51-year-old man was stabbed in the neck with an umbrella on Monday morning

Law enforcement gather at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem after a 51-year-old man was stabbed in the neck with an umbrella on Monday morning

Citywide statistics show that subway crimes are drastically more frequent in 2021 than they were in 2020. 

Fifty-five transit-related crimes were reported in the past week alone – compared with just 21 in the same period last year, according to NYPD CompStat.

More than 120 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 percent 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 percent 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.  

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.  

An NYPD CompStat Incident Map showing all of the subway-related crime reports made citywide from May 17 to May 23. Authorities say there were 55 transit crimes made last week compared to just 21 made the same time last year

An NYPD CompStat Incident Map showing all of the subway-related crime reports made citywide from May 17 to May 23. Authorities say there were 55 transit crimes made last week compared to just 21 made the same time last year



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