A 36-year-old homeless man has died after being fatally stabbed inside Penn Station on Thanksgiving.
NYPD officers responded to the attack at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue near the subway entrance at about 6pm yesterday.
The victim was then rushed to Bellevue Hospital with knife wounds but he later succumbed to his injuries, police said.
Sources told the Daily News the incident is believed to have involved two homeless men who had gotten into an argument underground – with one stabbing the other in the chest.
A 36-year-old homeless man was stabbed in the chest outside Penn Station before being rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said
Sources said the incident is believed to have involved two homeless men who had gotten into an argument underground – with one stabbing the other in the chest.
The victim is then said to have run up to the Long Island Rail Road entrance to find police officers before collapsing.
Several blood-stained items of clothing were left behind on the sidewalk inside of a police cordon.
No description of the suspect was immediately available, and no arrests have been made, police said.
The incident is the latest in a series of stabbings to hit Manhattan.
New York City has seen a surge in violent assaults on the subway, with a 45 percent increase in the past 28 days as compared to last year. In the past week, a 141 percent increase was also reported for transit crime.
Several blood-stained items of clothing were left behind on the sidewalk inside of a police cordon. No description of the suspect was immediately available, and no arrests have been made, police said
On Sunday, an up-and-coming soccer player died after he was randomly stabbed in the neck on the subway.
Akeem Loney, 32, was attacked while he slept early on Sunday morning as his No2 train was coming into Penn Station at around 12.15am.
Loney was lying down or napping on one of the seats at the time of his fatal attack. He was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital where he died from his injuries an hour later.
Homeless soccer player Akeem Loney, 32, was fatally stabbed in the neck at Penn Station on Sunday morning while he was sleeping on a subway car
He was taken to New York Presbyterian Cornell hospital where he was found in stable condition
His attacker was spotted on surveillance cameras and could be seen running out of the station.
Then on Monday morning a 27-year-old man was stabbed during what is believed to have been a botched robbery near Grand Central Station.
The victim, who has not been identified by police, was approached by two men around 2am on Monday near Madison Avenue.
He sustained injuries to his abdomen and right hand and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is recovering.
Despite an eight percent decrease in subway crime for the year, a 45 percent increase over the past 28 days as compared to last year was reported as well as a 141 percent increase for the past week
A map showing the New York City boroughs where crime has increased (in red) and decreased (in green) in September 2021 – the last month included in Fitch’s survey – compared to the same month last year
The assailants escaped without taking anything from the victim in what police believe was a botched robbery.
The MTA says it has recently increased police presence in subway stations as well as security cameras.
Subway riders, however, remain concerned for their safety due.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has also said that the department is working on keeping the stations safe as well as noting that the number of public transit riders is increasing again.
In October, there were 83.4 million riders in total with a reported 1.93 crimes per million riders.
The latest New York City crime statistics shows overall crime is up year-over-year
According to the NYPD’s latest monthly numbers, overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020
The NYPD recorded 40 robberies, 85 grand larcenies, and 34 assaults across the MTA’s subways for last month.
A 1.9 percent increase was also reported for overall crime as compared to November 2020.
There were reports of an 8.4 percent increase for felony assaults, 2.9 percent for robbery and 1.9 for rape.
Overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020. Robbery was up by 15.8 percent and felony assault rose by 13.8 percent.
Meanwhile, gun violence in the borough has significantly increased, with 28 percent more shootings reported this year as compared to last, according to police data.
De Blasio this month blamed the courts for New York City’s skyrocketing crime numbers as he touted a small decrease in the murder rate while ignoring an 11 percent jump in overall crime over October 2020.
‘In this city, real change is happening. We’ve got more to do for sure but real change is happening,’ de Blasio said in a press conference. ‘It’s about precision policing, it’s about neighborhood policing, these approaches work.’
De Blasio had priorly defended ‘neighborhood policing’ and his decision to disband the plainclothes anti-crime unit, which has been involved in several highly-publicized police shootings.
However, Eric Adams, who will take office next year, has pledged to bring back the unit.