March 1, 2021 17:29

Man slashed in face on Manhattan Subway, wave of violence has commuters concerned

A 53-year-old straphanger was slashed in the face after getting into an argument on a Manhattan subway train — and was then sucker punched by a stranger who got involved, cops said.

The victim got into a quarrel with a man on an uptown 4 train approaching Grand Central Station around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. His adversary whipped out a knife and slashed the victim in the face, according to police.

When the 4 train pulled into Grand Central Station the knife wielding assailant ran off, cops said.

A stranger, Benigno Perez, 37, then sucker-punched the victim in the face before also trying to flee, cops said.

Police nabbed Perez, who lives in Harlem, before he could make it out of the station and charged him with assault, according to cops.

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to recover.

The attack comes as NYC subways have seen a spate of violence. On Thursday, a 40-year-old woman was pushed into an on coming train by a homeless person. She miraculously survived.

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