A man has been slashed on the head in the busy Times Square subway station on Friday during the evening rush hour before the suspect then fled in the latest example of NYC violence.
The man, 35, was waiting for a 1/2/3 train just before 7 p.m. before the brazen attack in the Big Apple’s busiest station, according to the New York Post.
The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to recover, police told the outlet.
Cops are still searching for the suspect.
Pictures taken outside the subway station show the victim with a heavily bandaged face being taken to an ambulance by EMTs.
The man’s face and clothing can be seen covered in blood, while pictured from inside the subway station show pools of blood on the floor.
Further details about the stabbing were not known and DailyMail.com has reached out to the NYPD for more information and additional comment.
A man was slashed on the head in the busy Times Square subway station on Friday during the evening rush hour
The man was pictured with bloody bandages covering his face
He was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to recover
The man was seen being wheeled out of the subway station by paramedics
It is just the latest example of a random attack in New York City, as the police struggle with skyrocketing crime in 2021.
The slashing comes after another man was stabbed five times on a platform at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station on Wednesday after he tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman.
On Monday, an unidentified man attacked two people with a rock after an argument became physical on a Brooklyn-bound subway.
One of the victims was rushed to the hospital with bruising to the head and knee, and the other victim was treated at the scene, according to police.
And last month a woman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on the subway before a passing journalist jumped in to save her.
In that attack at Union Square station on Wednesday 19th May, 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.
The brazen attack on Friday happened in the Times Square subway station
NYPD stand over a crime scene in the subway at Times Square
Police are still searching for the suspect behind the attack, who fled after the slashing
Sean Conaboy, 52, a freelance cameraman 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 surge in shocking attacks has not only been restricted to New York City’s subways.
Earlier on Friday, shocking surveillance footage captured the moment two young kids were trampled by a man as he tried to escape from a shooter who fired nearly a dozen bullets in the middle of a Bronx street and pointed his gun at the terrified kids.
The NYPD released the video on Friday afternoon and asked for the public’s help in identifying the gunman in the latest of nearly 150 shootings across the city this month.
The video opens with a boy and girl – believed to be around the ages of five and 10 – walking on a sidewalk before people scatter when a gunman chases a man in a red sweater.
The man in the sweater, who police believe was the intended target, barrels into the kids and knocks them down before the gunman runs up and fires multiple times in their direction.
The alleged target scrambles to his feet but trips in the three-person scrum before crawling over the kids to escape the hail of bullets.
The two children are momentarily pinned under the man in the sweater while he is shot at as the older girl is seen grabbing the boy and holding him tight in an attempt to shield him.
The man in the sweater was shot multiple times but is still alive, according to the NYPD, and amazingly, the children weren’t shot or seriously injured.
Shocking surveillance footage captured the moment two young children were trampled by a man as he tried to escape from a shooter who fired nearly a dozen bullets in the middle of a Bronx street and pointed his gun at the terrified kids
The suspect momentarily retreats with the victim on the ground
Then the gunman comes back for a closer shot and fires at the man with the two kids inches away from the victim
The NYPD have struggled under a surge in violent crime in 2021.
Felony assaults are up eight percent for the first six months of 2021, compared to the same period last year, while rapes are up by 3 percent.
NYPD data shows shootings in the Big Apple have increased by 64 percent year-on-year, while murders are up 13 percent.
The numbers are disturbing in themselves, but the violence has intensified and taken place in public places, like parks and subways, and in front of witnesses and surveillance cameras.
Earlier this week, former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton warned American cities, including New York City, are in for a ‘very, long dangerous summer’ as murder rates have skyrocketed
Crimes have been rising throughout New York City, according to the NYPD
Statistics show shooting crimes have been up this year city-wide compared to last year
And there aren’t any short- or long-term answers, Bratton told CNBC‘s Shepard Smith on Monday.
‘Unlike the last crime epidemic that took decades to build up to the early ’90s, this one has occurred, literally, overnight,’ Bratton said.
‘It’s like the virus, it’s literally, out of nowhere, and so solutions are not immediately apparent.’
In May, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the surge in violent crime a ‘major problem’ and said unless the NYPD gets a handle on it soon, the city would become undesirable.
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.’ he said.