Two Men Attacked with Box Cutter in Tribeca's Canal St. Subway Station

On Walker Street, police pass a blood-soaked cloth used to help stop bleeding of victim who was cut on the side of the head. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Sep. 10, 2019

A man who had been smoking on a Downtown A train slashed two men with a box cutter in the Canal Street A/E/C subway station around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after being told to put out his cigarette, police said. A 49-year-old victim who approached the man was cut multiple times on the right side of his head, police said, and suffered heavy bleeding. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. A blood-soaked cloth lay on the Walker Street sidewalk, outside 32 Sixth Avenue, following the incident. The second victim, an "uninvolved bystander," 67, was cut on the ankle. He was seen walking from the subway station on his own, accompanied by two EMTs.

After confronting the suspect on the train at 42nd Street, the victim then attempted to avoid him, and exited the train at the Canal Street station, where both men were attacked, according to an NYPD source. 

A suspect, 51, was arrested and charges are pending, police said.