*So far, the brother with bright red hair pictured above is the lone suspect in a series of random stabbings in New York City that have coined the phrase ‘subway slasher’. With the latest incident taking place in the Bronx.
Since the beginning of 2016, there have been seven slashings and three stabbings on New York subways.
The incidents appear to occur after an altercation and this latest one involved a man arguing with two other men.
“The victim is trying to talk to one and he expresses he’s not interested in having a conversation with the guy,” according to a source speaking to the New York Post. The victim said that the three men continued down the stairway before he felt a slap to his face. He then quickly realized he had been slashed, the sources said.
But the incidents involving the bright red-haired black man — which include a string of robberies on the subway, some of which are violent — began on Sunday about 8:30 p.m. The thief (red-haired man) confronted a 22-year-old man on a northbound C train near the West 155th Street station. He showed his knife and demanded the man’s cell phone. Then the thief slashed the victim’s right arm and ran away empty-handed. The victim was treated and released from New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Another incident had the red-head bandit striking again on Tuesday. This time around 3 a.m. He approached a 37-year-old man who was asleep on the #4 train headed to Manhattan from Brooklyn. When the victim woke up, he saw the suspect standing over him with a razor in his hand, then noticed a cut in his jeans’ pocket. When he tried to restrain the suspect, he was punched in the face, cops said. The suspect fled empty-handed.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told the media on Wednesday that he is placing extra officers in the subway system to combat these offenses.
There is no evidence thus far that connects the red-haired man with this recent offense.