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Multiple NYC subway stabbings happen after mayor's new safety plan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
NYPD respond to the scene where a person was slashed on a subway at W116th Street and Broadway on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo via The New York Post)

At least 4 people were stabbed inside the New York City subway system on Saturday alone, a day after Mayor Eric Adams announced his plans for safer public transit.

Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, on the 3 train platform at Livonia and Van Siclen Avenue in Brooklyn, a man punched a woman, 20, in the back, according to police. An argument ensued and then the man pulled a knife and stabbed the woman three times in the abdomen.

Another incident happened just before 8:30 p.m. in Washington Heights at the 168th Street station on the A-C-E line. A 24-year-old man was standing in the mezzanine when two teenage boys tried to rob him. They stabbed the man and ran away, police said, adding he is expected to survive.

Then about 30 minutes later, a man, 31, was riding on a southbound train in Morningside Heights when he encountered two people smoking something on the train. When he asked the smoker to move, he was stabbed in his arm with a knife.

The attacks follow a brutal assault of a homeless man at the Jamaica-Van Wyck station on the E/J lines in the early hours of Saturday just after 3 a.m.

Also late Friday evening, a slashing incident happened at the Briarwood station in Queens.

Earlier in the day, Adams and NY Gov. Kathy Hochul stood at a Manhattan subway station and took the wraps off a new plan to combat transit crime in the city.

The plan scheduled to take effect Monday will add officers and mental health teams to the system and more actively enforce the laws that are already on the books.

“People tell me about their fear of using the system,” Adams said. “And we’re going to ensure that fear is not New York’s reality.”

The latest stabbing incidents add to a mounting toll that threaten to derail the city's economic recovery.

Transit crime is up 65% this year, with 267 incidents so far in comparison to 167 last year.

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