A man in a ski-mask randomly punched a stranger, before slashing his face from cheek to neck in a Bronx subway station, police said Sunday.
According to a Fox News report, the unidentified masked assailant followed the 49-year-old victim to the top of the staircase leading up to the street at the Morrison-Soundview Avenue No. 6 train station around 5:45 a.m. Feb. 12. and struck him with his fist.
He then punched his victim, who was commuting to work at the time, and cut his face from his right cheek to the back of his neck with a sharp object, a police spokesman said.
The attacker fled the scene in an unknown direction, while the bleeding victim flagged down a nearby police vehicle for help.
The man was taken to Jacobi Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. He has since been released. Police released surveillance images of the attacker, showing the man in a dark-colored jacket, a black ski mask and red gloves.
There has been a spike in violent crimes that have occurred in New York City’s subway system in recent months.
Earlier this month, a mentally ill homeless man was charged with going on a violent rampage on an A train and stabbing four people, two of them fatally.