Police in the Bronx are hunting for a man who stabbed a 30-year-old woman in the back at a subway station on Wednesday evening after she rejected his advances.
The woman was with a 28-year-old friend and had just got off the northbound train at the Jackson Avenue stop, in the Melrose district of the south Bronx.
Police said an unidentified man on the platform approached the two women and started making advances, but both women ignored him.
The man then pulled out a knife and slashed the woman in the back, causing a wound two to three inches deep.
He then jumped onto a northbound 5 train, NBC reported.
The suspect in the Bronx stabbing is seen in an image released by Crime Stoppers
Police are hunting for the suspect, but are yet to make any arrests
The woman, who did not initially realize she had been stabbed, was taken to Lincoln Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to the NYPD.
The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspect, wearing a black quilted jacket with a hood, and a blue face mask pulled down beneath his chin.
No arrests has been made, as of Thursday afternoon.
The stabbing comes as police continue to hunt for four teenagers who have been firing BB guns at people throughout the Bronx.
And gun violence in the borough has significantly increased, with 28 per cent more shootings reported this year as compared to last, according to police data.
The acts of violence have been linked to teens living in the area, which has prompted Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to request they be charged with gun violence in criminal court.
Any person under the age of 18 who is caught with a gun has been required to report to family court, according to New York State law, which Clark is trying to change.
‘We’re working day and night to put evidence together to build a case against somebody, but we build the case it goes to Family Court and they’re not held accountable,’ Clark told ABC.
‘We’re working day and night to put evidence together to build a case against somebody, but we build the case it goes to family court and they’re not held accountable. Then what are we doing? It’s like we’re not doing our job.’
Three muggers were captured shooting and killing Jonathan Pena, 32, and injuring his 46-year-old friend in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx on November 13
In 2019, the State Legislature raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
Clark believes this has allowed young teens more freedom to tout weapons without a fear of being prosecuted.
‘When prevention doesn’t work, prosecution has to happen,’ she said.
‘And people need to know that if you make that decision to pick up a gun and just carry it around or shoot somebody or kill somebody. There are consequences.’
According to recent New York crime statistics, there has been a rise in crimes linked to felony assaults, rape and robbery.
With the rise of overall crime up to 1.9 per cent, an 8.4 per cent increase was recorded for felony assaults, 1.9 per cent for rape and 2.9 for robbery.
And this is not the first series of violent incidents reported in New York City this month.
A group of three muggers had shot and killed 32-year-old Jonathan Pena as well as injured his 46-year-old friend in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx late on Saturday afternoon.
Two of the muggers pointed pistols at the victim, one augmented with a green laser sight and another with what appears to be a high-capacity drum magazine, surveillance video shows.
The third attacker then rushed over to the victims, who raised their hands in the air, and ripped a gold chain away from Pena.
As the robbers were distracted with the chain, the other victim tried to flee inside a nearby restaurant.
The muggers then opened fire with both guns, shooting wildly on the 1400 block of Macombs Road and hitting both victims.
The trio was last seen fleeing northbound on Macombs Road in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan.
Pena was transported by private means to Bronx Lebanon Hospital where he was pronounced dead police said. Paramedics transported the 46-year-old male victim to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
With the rise of overall crime up to 1.9 percent, an 8.4 percent increase was recorded for felony assaults, 1.9 percent for rape and 2.9 for robbery, according to police data
In 2019, the State Legislature raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, pictured, is requesting teen criminals face a real court after the rise of violent crime in the borough
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says bail reform is to blame for the Big Apple’s unrelenting crime wave. He is pictured at a memorial ceremony at One Police Plaza on November 15
Shea noted that fewer criminals are being held at Rikers Island, pictured
Another incident involved a man bursting into a kosher bagel store in Queens and demanding that it take down its Israeli flags and close, or he’d ‘burn the building down.’
The suspect faces aggravated harassment charges and police are offering a $3,500 reward to anyone with more information.
The rise in general NYC crime has been attributed to the steep decline in the population at jail complex Rikers Island.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea slammed the population drop as well as bail reform for letting suspects roam the streets after being released.
He noted that the number of suspects being released is evident in the decline in inmates at Rikers Island as there are about 5,400 inmates currently, while there were almost 6,100 a month ago, according to the New York Post.