Bronx police are looking for a man who stabbed a 30-year-old woman in the back at a subway station Wednesday night after she denied his approaches.
The woman was with a 28-year-old friend and had just boarded the northbound train at Jackson Avenue stop in the Melrose district of the southern Bronx.
Police said an unidentified man on the platform approached the two women and began making progress, but both women ignored him.
The man then pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman in the back, causing a wound two to three inches deep.
He then jumped on a northbound 5-train, NBC reported.
Police are looking for the suspect but have not yet made any arrests
The woman, who was initially unaware that she had been stabbed, was taken to Lincoln Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to the NYPD.
The NYPD released surveillance footage of the suspect, wearing a black quilted jacket with a hood and a blue face mask pulled down under the chin.
No one has been arrested Thursday afternoon.
The stabbing comes as police continue to hunt for four teens who have fired BB guns at people across the Bronx.
And gun violence in the borough has increased markedly, with 28 percent more shootings reported this year compared to last, according to police data.
The acts of violence have been linked to teenagers living in the area, prompting Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to request that they be charged with gun violence in criminal law.
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 work day and night to gather evidence to build a case against someone, but we build the case, it goes to family court, and they are not held accountable,” Clark told ABC.
‘We work day and night to gather evidence to build a case against someone, but we build the case, it goes to family court and they are not held accountable. What do we do then? It’s like we’re not doing our job.
Three perpetrators were captured and shot, killing Jonathan Pena, 32, and wounding his 46-year-old friend in the Mount Eden portion of the Bronx on Nov. 13.
In 2019, the state legislature raised the criminal minimum age to 18 years.
Clark believes this has given young teens more freedom to showcase weapons without fear of being prosecuted.
“When prevention does not work, prosecution must happen,” she said.
“And people need to know that if you make that decision to take a gun and just carry it around or shoot someone or kill someone. There are consequences.”
According to recent New York crime statistics, there has been an increase in crimes related to crime, rape and robbery.
With the increase in total crime up to 1.9 percent, an increase of 8.4 percent was recorded for aggravated assault, 1.9 percent 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 perpetrators had shot and killed 32-year-old Jonathan Pena as well as wounding his 46-year-old friend in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx late Saturday afternoon.
Two of the perpetrators pointed with guns at the victim, one reinforced with a green laser sight and another with what appears to be a high-capacity drum magazine, surveillance videos show.
The third attacker then hurried over to the victims, who raised their hands in the air and tore a gold chain away from Pena.
When the robbers were distracted by the chain, the other victim tried to flee into a nearby restaurant.
The robbers then opened fire with both weapons, firing wildly on the 1400 block of Macombs Road and hitting both victims.
The trio was last seen fleeing north on Macombs Road in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan.
Pena was transported by private funds to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Paramedics transported the 46-year-old male victim to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
With the increase in total crime up to 1.9 percent, an increase of 8.4 percent was recorded for aggravated assault, 1.9 percent for rape and 2.9 for robbery, according to police data
In 2019, the state legislature raised the criminal minimum age to 18. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, pictured, requests that juvenile delinquents be brought to justice after the rise in violent crime in the borough
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says bail reform is to blame for Big Apple’s tireless wave of crime. He is pictured at a memorial service at One Police Plaza on November 15th
Shea noted that fewer criminals are being detained on Rikers Island, pictured
Another incident involved a man bursting into a kosher bagel shop in Queens and demanding that it take its Israeli flag down and close, otherwise he would ‘burn down the building’.
The suspect faces aggravated harassment and police are offering a $ 3,500 reward to anyone with more information.
The rise in common NYC crime has been attributed to the steep decline in the population of the Rikers Island prison complex.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea cracked down on population decline as well as bail reform to let suspects roam the streets after being released.
He noted that the number of suspects being released is evident in the decline in inmates on Rikers Island, as there are about 5,400 inmates at the moment, while there were nearly 6,100 a month ago, according to the New York Post.