A man was stabbed in the stomach while trying to fight off a robber on a subway car near Brooklyn's Barclays Center Friday morning, police said.
Authorities were called to the Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center station shortly before noon and found the man who had been stabbed, according to police.
Officers said that the man was on a Manhattan-bound N train when the robber approached and tried to steal his phone. The man fought off the thief, who stabbed the man once in the stomach and ran off.
Police at the scene initially said the man was stabbed on the subway platform.
Firefighters took the man, 33, to Methodist Hospital after the stabbing. Police at the scene said he's expected to survive his injuries.
Authorities say that the robber is about 18 years old.
Subway service didn't appear to be affected by the investigation Friday afternoon, but riders said they were uneasy about the violence.
"That is scary because you don't want to take anything out," said Jackie Jiminez. "I feel like when I'm on the subway I put everything away."
Subway slashings are actually down so far this year, according to NYPD figures. So far, there have been 30 stabbings and slashings on the subway in 2016, compared with 33 through the same point in 2015. Slashings and stabbings are up in the city overall, however.
Anyone with information on the stabbing should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.