A 19-year-old man was slashed in the head, hand and back shortly after midnight Saturday on the pedestrian walkway outside the 96th street subway station, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Four men approached the victim and attacked him, although it’s not clear what precipitated the attack, the spokeswoman said. No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation.
Photographer David Torres says there was also blood inside the subway station.
The victim was listed in stable condition and taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, according to NYPD.
Stabbings, slashings and cuttings were up 20% as of Monday, according to the Daily News, and the NYPD is adding more patrols to combat the rise.
Bratton said the latest plan will involve more closely tracking the crime to figure out where and when it’s happening most and who is responsible, and developing more precise definitions for stabbing, slashing, and cutting cases.
It will be similar to the 1994 initiative that for the first time broke out shootings as its own category of crime, instead of lumping them in with aggravated assault.