City straphangers witnessed a violent end to the morning commute Monday after a woman was stabbed on a crowded subway train in Midtown.
The New York City Police Department says shortly before 10:15 a.m. a 39-year-old female passenger was stabbed in the stomach and shoulder and a 19-year-old woman was punched on a northbound 6 train as it approached the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue station.
Witnesses say good samaritans held the alleged attacker until police arrived, and one onlooker shared with NY1 a photo of the woman, seen above.
Police say no words were exchanged between the alleged attacker and her victims. By Monday night, they had not released the name of the woman, who was taken into custody and evaluated in Bellevue Hospital, or what may have led to the attack.
The woman who was stabbed ran upstairs to the Bloomingdale's department store, where employees rushed to help.
"We administered first aid and called EMS. And some of our security guards actually went out to the subway platform to see what else they could do to prevent anything else from happening. The person was being held by some good samaritans and they went over and help secure, handcuff the individual until the police arrived," said Anne Keating, a Bloomingdale's spokesperson.
While MTA statistics show major felonies in the subway are down 15 percent from last year, commuters said incidents like the Monday stabbing show one can never have too much protection underground.
"It's horrifying. It's actually one of my biggest fears - to get stabbed," said one subway rider.
"You know, it's really, really bad. There's always got to be more security. But you never know when this is going to happen," said another subway rider.
The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
The MTA says 6 trains were running express between 42nd Street and 125th Street, but have since resumed normal service.