Police are looking for a box-cutter wielding thug who they say attacked four people on the subway and on the street early Wednesday morning.
The pattern began at around 1:20 a.m. when two men approached a 35-year-old man on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette. One of them punched the straphanger in the face with the exposed blade of a box cutter in his hand, which cut the victim’s cheek, police said. The attacker and victim both stayed on the train until Union Square and 14th Street, where they both got out.
As the attacker, who’s described as black and heavyset, fled the station, he slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face.
He then made his way up the stairs near the Food Emporium, where a 46-year-old man was standing by the elevator. He then asked the other man for $2, and when he refused, the attacker slashed him on the right side of his face. He then crossed 14th Street where a 59-year-old man was waiting for the M14 bus. That man was then asked for a dollar, and when he refused, he was also slashed on the right side of his face, police said. The attacker then fled the location.
All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The investigation in ongoing.
The suspected attacker was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black vest, blue jeans and red sneakers.