By Sabina Mollot
Police have arrested a man they say used a box-cutter to slash two men across the face and punch and smack other victims, all in one morning on the street and on the subway.
Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Mcleod of 82 Macon Street, Brooklyn, has been charged with five counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Cops said the pattern began on Wednesday at around 1:10 a.m. when Mcleod allegedly punched another straphanger in the face on a northbound 4 train at Broadway/Lafayette.
Then at 1:18 a.m., he punched another random stranger in the face at the Bleecker stop. McLeod had a metal object in his hand at the time, the victim said, and as a result of the punch, he got a cut on his face.
At Union Square, McLeod fled the location where he allegedly slapped a 20-year-old woman on the right side of her face, causing her injury.
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, McLeod slashed him on the right side of his face, police said. Minutes later, McLeod 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, McLeod allegedly slashed on the right side of his face.
All victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
Police said they found the box-cutter at a nearby location and that McLeod later admitted (in substance) to all the attacks except the slap.
His attorney, Karen Funk, declined to comment on the arrests.