Friday, April 08, 2016

Hasidic man slashed inside Greenwich Village subway 

An Orthodox Jewish man was slashed several times inside a Greenwich Village subway station early Friday, police sources said.

Cops found the bloodied victim, who is in his 50s and doesn't speak English, inside the Bleeker Street station with slash wounds to his face, neck, arm and hands at around 3:15 a.m. after two people flagged down a police car on the street for help, cops said.

The man – who was wearing traditional Hasidic clothing — was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and was expected to survive following the attack on the southbound No. 6 subway platform, police said.

The suspect is still at large.

Cops are getting an interpreter to go to the hospital to speak with the victim, police said.

Friday's attack was the latest in a wave of knife attacks in the city – an increase of 18 percent this year.

In January, a 71-year-old woman was slashed at the same station by a grinning stranger sitting across from her on a D train. She was left with a 4-inch gash on her cheek and needed 30 stitches.

The suspect, Damon Knowles, 21, told cops he attacked the grandmother because he felt threatened by her, according to court papers. He pleaded not guilty to assault.

In February, a 25-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was knifed while walking on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Keny Rochelin, 26, was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime.

Due to the police investigation Friday, the No. 4 and 6 trains are bypassing the station in both directions.
The B, D, F and M lines are unaffected.

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