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Another NYC Subway Attack: 60-Year-Old stabbed in unprovoked attack

New York, NY (77WABC) – NYPD Detectives are actively searching for a female suspect who attacked a 60-year-old man on an uptown 1-train on Valentine’s Day.

NYPD Detectives say the attack happened at around 4:30pm in the afternoon as a 1-Train entered into the 34th Street / Penn Station subway stop.   Police say a woman stabbed the 60-year-old man multiple times in his back with an unidentified sharp object.

NYPD Crimestoppers tweeted out a photo of the suspect on Saturday afternoon.  She’s described as a black female, approximately 5’6″, wearing a blue mask over her face, a black knit cap, a gray coat, black pants, and carrying a black shoulder bag.

The Penn Station stabbing is one of two bizarre attacks to happen on the subway this weekend.  Transit Police are also investigating an assault after they say a panhandler punched a 2-year-old toddler in Harlem Saturday afternoon.   34th Precinct Detectives say the incident happened at the 116th Street C-Line subway station.

Investigators say the officers responded after a 21-year-old female and her 2-year-old son were on the train and were approached by an unidentified female.  77WABC has learned the two women got into a verbal dispute while on the train — which escalated into a physical fight — while the mother was holding her 2-year-old son.

Police say the female suspect struck the 2-year-old little boy before then running out of the train station.    Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and took the little boy to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition.   Detectives are still searching for the suspect involved.

The MTA has been a haven of violence over the last several days — after four people were stabbed last weekend on the subway — two of those stabbings were fatal.  There have been a number of riders who have been stabbed, pushed, and murdered.

“We started actually calling for additional cops in the system more than a year ago. The Governor called for it and the MTA Board approved additional police officers, MTA police officers,” said MTA Interim President Sara Feinberg during an interview on WABC-TV’s Up Close.

Feinberg went on to say, “we’ve been asking for additional resources from the city, more NYPD police officers but really, a lot of mental health assistance. A lot of the folks that we’re seeing in this system are in desperate need of an intervention, of medical assistance and so we need those resources too.”

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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