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A subway rider appears to be attacking young women at random, slashing them in the face and causing serious injury. Ida Siegal reports.
Police are searching for a woman accused of slashing two subway passengers in the face two separate times.
The incidents both happened on the 4 train in the Bronx, and the victims in both cases were young women.
Police said they did not know why the woman attacked the subway riders. The lack of an apparent motive was enough to set off concern among other young female passengers on the 4 train Wednesday.
"That's unbelievable, now everyone has to worry about riding the train," said Lauren Gunn. "That shouldn't be. Everyone should feel safe on the train."
The first slashing incident happened at about 4:20 p.m. last Tuesday, Sept. 6, on the northbound 4 train near East 170th Street, according to police.
The alleged slasher approached a 19-year-old woman sitting on the train and cut her in the face with an unknown object, causing serious physical injury.
The other incident happened at about 3:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, on the southbound 4 train near Mount Eden Avenue. Police said the attacker approached an 18-year-old woman sitting on the train and slashed her in the face with an unknown object, again causing serious injury.
The alleged slasher was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, clear plastic gloves and a thick green bracelet on her wrist, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.