NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There have been at least half a dozen stabbings in the subway system since the beginning of the weekend.
Transit data released Sunday shows underground crimes increased by more than 100 compared to the same time last year. Robbery and grand larceny have increased significantly, while violent crime, such as murder and assault, has remained about the same, CBS2’s Cory James reported.
James spoke to one of the victims who was attacked on Saturday night. He said it’s not the first time he’s been attacked in a station.
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Victor Mendoza showed James pictures he took in the hospital after being stabbed in the leg at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights.
The attack happened as the 24-year-old construction worker was walking home from work around 8:30 p.m
“They wanted to steal my wallet, but I fought back,” Mendoza said in Spanish. “First I grabbed him from here at the door of the train entrance. I pushed and then the other person came with a knife and hit me here. So I had to let him go so they wouldn’t hurt me any more.”
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Police say the suspects are two teenagers, one of whom stabbed Mendoza with a box cutter.
About half an hour later, authorities said a 31-year-old man was assaulted at the 116th Street station near Columbia University. Investigators said the victim was stabbed with a knife after allegedly asking a man and woman, who were smoking in the station and blocking his way, to move.
These incidents have been followed by at least four more stabbings in the city since Friday. All of them sent victims – three men and one woman – to hospitals for their injuries.
“Being here as a tourist is kind of scary because it could have happened to me or a friend of mine, so it’s really scary,” said Micaela Mozota of San Francisco.
She was referring to a stabbing on a Line 6 train near Canal Street station on Sunday, which police say was unprovoked. Police said the victim, a 31-year-old man, was stabbed in the arm. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
As reported by CBS2’s Kevin Rincon, some people’s perceptions of using public transportation have changed.
“In any case, the sensitivity is high. People are definitely more careful when they ride trains, get on buses and the like,” said Brooklyn resident Jasiyah Gilbert.
Danny Pearlstein is with the Riders Alliance, an organization working to improve the subway. He said while the mayor and governor are taking action to combat the ongoing violence, New Yorkers should still be doing their part by using public transportation.
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Pearlstein gave the example of how parks improved at the beginning of the pandemic.
“People also had very little to do and went to the parks and as a result the parks became a lot safer than before and tragically the subway became more dangerous and that’s why we think Transit can bring more riders into the system.” ultimately make it safer for everyone there,” Pearlstein said.
And safer for Mendoza, who said this is the second time he has been attacked in a subway station.
“The first time I didn’t tell the police, but this time I had to tell the police,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza is expected to make a full recovery.
CBS2’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report.