Hispanic worker stabbed five times and robbed: unbridled violence in the New York Subway

César Martínez, a 34-year-old construction worker, was robbed and stabbed five times inside a chaotic New York Subway car, an attack that spread to a platform, and fortunately he survived.

The end of the violent robbery was caught on surveillance video. Martinez told the New York Post who was traveling home from work around 10 pm on November 22 when he was attacked. The victim, who lives in the Bronx, said the suspect first he asked her for money to buy cigarettes as the train approached the 34th Street-Herald Square station in Midtown.

“The guy wanted something to buy cigarettes, so I pulled out a pack (of cigarettes), and when he saw the pack, he said, ‘No, I don’t want it,’” Martinez recounted. “Then he said: ‘Give me your money and your phone.’ I didn’t want to give it to him, so he stabbed me in the side with a knife.”

Martínez tried to get away from his attacker when the train stopped at the station, but the attacker stabbed him again, this time in the head, as he tried to grab Martínez’s backpack,

“Maybe if he had stabbed me in the neck, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now,” Martinez told the reporter.

The aggressor finally took the backpack to Martínez, who said that by then he had lost all the strength to continue fighting. Inside the bag were about $200, an Apple Watch, and various construction tools.

Martínez suffered five cuts total. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition, but he is still suffering from the assault, as He has not been able to work due to his injuries and is also afraid of traveling on the Metro again. That’s why he says he created a GoFundMe page to pay bills while you’re off duty.

No arrests have been made or the suspect identified. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

Violence does not rest on public transportation in New York. This year, public officials have repeatedly promised to increase police presence on Metro platforms and carriages as part of the former NYPD mayor Eric Adams’ security plan, that seeks to reduce violence by taking strong measures, including combat of indigence: last February it was determined that 350 people were “living” in the underground.

Despite the announced efforts, overall serious crime on subways is up 42% year-to-date compared to the same period in 2021, and the number of homicides this year already exceeds the eight registered last year.

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