NYPD deploys 500 officers to patrol subways after four stabbings in less than 24 hours
“The public should know whether or not they can expect to see a very large footprint of uniformed officers stationed across New York City, whether they go to a platform or not,” Shia said.
Xi said the four attacks occurred on A Man Line, a metro line that runs between northern Manhattan and Queens.
In addition to the two deaths, two other victims are recovering from their injuries. Deputy Chief Brian McGhee, commanding officer of the Manhattan North Detective Bureau, said all four victims were homeless and the attacks appeared to be unprovoked.
The attack began on Friday morning when a 67-year-old man was stabbed by an unknown man inside the 181st Street station in upper Manhattan and later treated at a nearby hospital, NYPD chief Transit Kathleen O’Reilly told reporters.
O’Reilly said an adult male was found dead on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the A-Train at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue train station in Queens with “a wound to his neck and torso”.
About two hours later on Saturday, according to O’Reilly, “Manhattan”, a stunned 44-year-old woman was found inside a train car at the Inwood 207 Street station in Upper Manhattan. O’Reilly said the woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Less than 20 minutes after that incident, police officers responded to the call of a 43-year-old man who was stabbed at the 18th Street station. He told authorities that he was stabbed by an unknown person and was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery, according to McGee.
“Three of these incidents are linked and the Detective Bureau is looking into the possibility that all four were committed by one person,” O’Reilly said.
The NYPD will publish an image of an unknown criminal as soon as possible. Authorities are also asking anyone who has any information regarding the four stabbing incidents to contact the police.
“We don’t have too much on the culprit at this point,” McGee said.