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The NYPD search for a fifth suspect related to the series of early Friday subway attacks on a 4 train dragged on over the weekend and officials released a new surveillance video of the station, as the alleged attackers already in custody face charges.
These incidents are the latest in a growing number of violent attacks on passengers and subway workers, following four more assaults on Wednesday morning. Another attack weeks ago left a hospitalized train conductor in critical condition, and calls to the city to “do something” have grown louder in recent weeks.
Police department statistics show that while overall crime in the subway has decreased this year, assault crime has increased 20 percent this year compared to the previous year. Taking into account the lower number of passengers due to the pandemic, the MTA and the union say that the number of robberies has increased.
Arrested and Charged
Three of the four teens arrested Friday, nearly seven hours after the first attack, face charges of robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the NYPD. The department identified two of the three as Taquarious Soto-Burgos of Brooklyn, 19, and Joseph Foster, 18, of the Bronx. The youngest, 16, was not identified.
Police charged three suspects, including a 16-year-old boy, with the gruesome crimes that left at least four people injured, including one who received a knife to the eye, police said.
Taquarious Soto-Burgos, 19, of Brooklyn, faces two counts of robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon; Joseph Foster, 18, of the Bronx faces a charge of theft and criminal possession of a weapon; and an unidentified 16-year-old man faces two counts of robbery, assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Suspect and Attack
The charges are filed as police continue to search for a fifth suspect related to the attacks. At a news conference Friday afternoon to announce the first arrests, top NYPD officials indicated that a fifth person may also be responsible for the violence.
The NYPD’s working theory of Fridya was that the men would pair up in groups of three, four, or even five during the alleged attacks, according to eyewitness reports, which suggested a fifth suspect might be involved.
Traffic officers spotted the group of men matching surveillance footage obtained early in the morning and distributed throughout the department. The men were seen riding a northbound 1 train around 11:20 a.m. Officers stopped them as they exited the train at 79th Street and Broadway, officials said.
NYPD officials said the first victim told detectives he was sitting aboard a southbound 4 train at around 4:26 a.m. when two unknown men approached him, one of whom displayed a knife and slashed the victim in the face.
The victim got off the train at Union Square. The perpetrators allegedly remained on board the train as it left the station and approached the next two victims, one of whom was punched in the face and the other was stabbed with the nose.
Both victims got off the train at Astor Place station. The suspects then allegedly approached the fourth victim at the City Hall station, demanded money, and threw his cell phone onto the tracks. He was cut on the left cheek.
A fifth victim approached police around 5 a.m. in the Bronx, she reported that three men approached her and said they stabbed him in the right eye and cut his back and the left side of his neck. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Police are still investigating, but believe all the attacks were related. The MTA was quick to attack City Hall and blame Mayor Bill de Blasio for what they claimed was insufficient law enforcement on the subway.
“There were five incidents of armed robbery and very serious cuts in stations on the same line. Everything apparently could have been avoided with a uniformed presence on each of these platforms. The responsibility for these vicious attacks does not lie with an already limited police department, but rather with the City Council and the people who take advantage of the mayor’s negligence on the matter. If you needed a wake-up call, this is it. Enough is enough. The mayor is risking New York’s recovery every time he misses these incidents without meaningful action, “NYC Transit Acting President Sarah Feinberg said in a statement Friday morning.
MTA President Pat Foye and TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano held a joint press conference outside Union Square Station on Friday afternoon to issue repeated calls from 600 to 800 additional uniformed officers. and they directed their ire at the mayor, whom they blame for failing to curb the recent surge in violence in the subway.
“The City Council cannot keep putting its head in the sand, especially at such a critical time in the city’s recovery,” Foye said. Utano’s comments were blunt, claiming that the mayor’s failure to fix the violence left “blood on his hands.”