Authorities in New York City are actively searching for an individual accused of targeting unsuspecting women and viciously slashing their legs from behind in multiple incidents across the Manhattan subway system. The disturbing attacks occurred on Sunday between 4 and 5 p.m., leaving commuters on high alert.
The first assault took place around 4:15 p.m. at the 86th Street/Lexington Avenue station. The assailant approached a woman from behind as she was exiting a train and slashed her right leg before swiftly disappearing into the crowd. Moments later, at the same station, a 48-year-old woman fell victim to a similar attack as she waited for a southbound train. The suspect slashed her right leg and managed to board a train before authorities arrived at the scene.
Approximately 20 minutes later, another incident unfolded on a No. 4 train near the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station. A 28-year-old woman sitting in a southbound car became the target of the assailant, sustaining a severe wound to her left leg. She was promptly rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has released surveillance images of the suspect, captured as he exited the scene of the downtown attack. The photographs depict an individual wearing a Boston Red Sox hat and a white T-shirt featuring an orange-and-yellow character on the front. The suspect, described as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing around 220 pounds, with short black hair, was also seen wearing a medical mask, pulled down to his chin, along with blue pants and black sneakers.
After hopping over a turnstile to exit the No. 4 train platform at City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge station, the suspect was last seen fleeing through the Chambers Street station before disappearing without a trace. The NYPD is urgently seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individual responsible for these alarming attacks.
As commuters remain on edge, heightened security measures are being implemented throughout the subway system to ensure the safety of passengers. Authorities are urging vigilance and advising anyone with information regarding the suspect or the incidents to come forward and aid in the ongoing investigation.