By Carol Tannenhauser
A 62-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach with “an unknown object” on Thursday at around 5:30 p.m., in the mezzanine area of the southbound 2 train in the 72nd Street and Broadway subway station, following “a verbal dispute,” police said. “The men did not appear to know each other.”
The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Morningside hospital in stable condition. The suspect has not been apprehended. An investigation is ongoing.
How is the suspect not apprehended in broad daylight? Usually multiple police in cars and on the ground there…
There was another incident at this station on Wednesday (approx 8:20 am). I was on the 72nd crosstown bus and saw what seemed like hundreds of people pouring out of the station. I didn’t know until I got to work that there had been a man with a weapon on the train. I don’t understand why the weren’t police in the station after the first incident. : (
There are always cops there. Doesn’t mean they saw the incident happen.
My fiancee was on the platform when that happened. The stampede occurred when the conductor on an arriving number 1 train announced to all passengers to “run out of the train”. People did just that as soon as the train does opened, afraid for their lives. Some people left behind shoes, bags, others were hiding behind trash cans, afraid of a possible shooting. It was chaotic.
It sounds horrifying and I’m glad no one was seriously hurt. I saw a lot of moms with little kids running out. Until 2019 I took the 1 train to work every day and never experienced anything out of the ordinary. During covid someone was stabbed in the back while buying a metro card, and there have been multiple ‘man with weapon’ reports during the past few months, so now I’m strictly a bus rider. I just thought after such a major event that there would be an increased police presence.
Too bad the buses are so slow and infrequently show up.. The M 57 for people that live on WEA is horrendous.
Yes, sadly, I am strictly a bus rider, too. Even if it takes twice as long. And to think just a few years ago, I would take the subway after a night out, without thinking twice. Today, not even daytime.
Another reason to surge police on the Upper West Side and Manhattan Valley. Eventually we may need metal detectors entering the subway system. I hope we are resolving the bail situation.
This station seems to be experiencing an increased level of criminal activity in the past few months. I’ve noticed more police presence but not on the platform. They usually stay upstairs by the booth or outside.
Better phone reception outside for texting. I have also noticed how they group together. First rule is to disperse so that they are not a single target. I sometimes wonder about their training.
Police presence is totally absent regarding subway entrances – eg, 96, 72 on the west side. Not counting lack of police, filth, garbage and vermin can be seen everywhere on the upper west side. Landlords do not hose down or attempt to steam, clean or even make an attempt to do so. There is no protocol for clean up. Upper West Side is the pig pen of New York and smells of pervasive garbage round the clock.
You can surge police and do whatever else you want, but as long as there is no severe legal punishment– or at least removal from society — for attempting to murder someone else, you’ll get more delinquent behavior. End of story.
How come there is no footage of this criminal? It is mind blowing that not even a single camera was working to capture an image. This is in and of itself gross professional malpractice of the police. If its basic surveillance tools do not work, how the police think it can fight crime? It’s a farce.