A 44-year-old man was slashed on his face and wrist after he bumped into another man on a stairway of the Canal Street A train station Tuesday, police said.
The victim, who was not immediately identified, was heading down the stairs toward the train at about 4:45 p.m. when he bumped into the suspect, who was wearing a black trench coat, police said.
The pair got into an argument and spit on each other, police said. But the suspect took it a step further, pulling out a small pen knife and slashing the other man on the left side of his forehead and on his wrist, according to Assistant Chief Vincent Coogan, of the NYPD Transit Bureau.
Brian Karlsson, 21, was walking out of a nearby office when he said he saw the slashing victim and another man chasing the suspect down the street. The victim’s “shirt was soaked in blood,” he said.
“He and his friend tried chasing after the suspect because no one else tried to stop him,” Karlsson said. “There's a trail of blood that leads down the steps to the turnstiles.”
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was expected to survive.
Police were still looking for the suspect as of 7 p.m. Tuesday.
With Alison Fox