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Three wounded in back-to-back Times Square subway knife attacks



Three people were wounded in back-to-back knife attacks at two Times Square subway stations, cops said Wednesday.

The mayhem began inside the Times Square-42nd St. station when a 31-year-old man got into an argument with four men in their 20s waiting on the A/C/E platform about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, cops said.

As the argument heated up, one of the four foes pulled a blade and stabbed the victim in the torso, cops said.

Medics rushed the wounded man to Bellevue Hospital, where he was expected to recover. His attackers were last seen running down the Brooklyn-bound A/C/E platform, cops said. No arrests had been made.

About four hours later, an unhinged man attacked a couple sitting on a bench waiting for the No. 7 train at the 42nd St.-Bryant Park station, cops said.

The two victims, a 26-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, were waiting on the train when the assailant stormed up to them and began arguing with them without provocation about 3:40 a.m., cops said.

He then started punching the man. When he turned to the woman, the male victim interceded, continuing the fight with the attacker.

During the struggle, the assailant pulled out a switchblade and slashed the victim in the forearm before running out of the station.

Cops caught up with the suspect near 42nd St. and Seventh Ave. He was taken to an area hospital for a psychological examination, police said. Criminal charges were pending.

His two victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor wounds.

The two attacks come as cops have seen a 6% drop in assaults in the city’s transit system so far this year. As of Sunday, cops had investigated 283 assaults in the subway, 21 fewer than by the same time last year. Cops have also seen an overall 6% drop in crime in the subway system, officials said.

Following several high-profile shootings and random attacks in the subway earlier this year, the NYPD sent nearly 2,000 additional officers underground. About 800 new cops were assigned to transit in March as part of a new initiative to crack down on fare evasion.

Gov. Hochul sent the National Guard into the city’s subway stations to conduct bag checks at major transit hubs.

While transit crime has ebbed, crimes in and around Times Square have seen slight increases.

Early Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was stabbed to death during a clash between tenants inside a Times Square supportive housing residence. Suspect Kevin Yong, 38, was arrested at the scene and charged with manslaughter.

By the end of June, cops had investigated three murders in the Times Square area this year, one more than by this time last year. There had also been a 10% jump in assaults, from 238 to 264. There were four shootings, two more than last year, cops said.

The assaults included a bloody brawl on Broadway near W. 46th St. that left one man stabbed on June 27 and an incident where a man was stabbed with a machete during a Times Square turf war among CD vendors at W. 45th St. and Broadway on May 30.

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