Three New Yorkers are dead after a trio of separate, fatal stabbings on New York City mass transit within just ten days. Between Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, Tommy Bailey, 43, Charles Moore, 38 and Lamont Barkley, 55, were all killed while riding public transportation.
Bailey, who lived in Brooklyn, was slashed on the neck after a dispute while aboard a southbound L train on Sept. 30. He died from his injuries at the hospital. His wake was this past Monday, and was attended by MTA CEO and Chair Janno Lieber, who spoke with reporters.
“This can’t go on,” said Lieber. “It cannot go on because the subways and mass transit is what makes New York possible. If people don’t feel safe they can’t go to school, they can’t go to work, they can’t live their lives. Not everyone has the option to jump into a $50 Uber.
“We owe it to all New Yorkers for the subways and mass transit to be safe and to feel safe. Got to make it that way and now. The mayor has taken the subway safety on his back and together with the governor has made a commitment that we are going to get this addressed. And I believe it will be but right now riders are feeling unsafe and that’s not acceptable.”
Bronx resident Charles Moore was stabbed in the back and chest with a large knife in an unprovoked attack multiple times as he exited a northbound 4 train last Thursday, Oct. 6. A 27-year-old suspect was arrested and charged for murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. Moore’s mother was not informed of his death by the NYPD and found out through a neighbor, according to a published report.
She also blamed Eric Adams in her interview. The mayor addressed Moore’s death during an unrelated press conference about asylum seekers, mentioning the need for more mental health resources.
“Nothing is worse than a random attack,” said Adams. “It just really undermines your feeling of safety. We’re digging into exactly what happened. It’s a bizarre sense scenario that played out and we are looking into it. And let’s be clear, what’s happening on the streets with some of these cases that you looked at, there’s mental health attached to it.”
And Lamont Barkley, another Bronx resident, was stabbed in the torso this past Sunday, Oct. 9 inside an MTA BX19 bus while on the intersection of East 149th Street and Gerard Avenue. According to the NYPD, the incident stems from an argument between the victim and a pair of other passengers.
But those three only account for the fatalities—other New Yorkers were stabbed during the ten-day span while on public transit. A teenager was reportedly left with six puncture wounds after several masked men hunted him down this past Sunday from his job at Shake Shack to a Midtown subway station. Last Thursday afternoon, a 59-year-old man was stabbed in Harlem after he missed his stop and got into a dispute at the 125th Street and St. Nicholas station while crossing platforms, according to the NYPD. Later in the same day, another man was stabbed in Cypress Hills while walking into an A train station. The NYPD says the victim was ambushed and slashed in the face.
These attacks come shortly after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced upcoming installations of hidden cameras on each MTA train car. During a briefing last Friday, NYPD Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox says there will be an “urgent determination” to keep city subways safe.
“We’re not going to stop, we’re going to be on the trains, uniformed train patrols, platforms—this is what we’re going to do,” he said. “Chief [Kenneth] Corey mentioned we’re getting additional subway training unit officers, they’re going to be out there, on foot, riding the trains, walking the platforms.”
Tandy Lau is a Report for America corps member and writes about public safety for the Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep him writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/fcszwj8w