A man has been arrested after slashing an off-duty NYPD transit officer in the back of the head at a Manhattan subway station Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The attack occurred just after 12 p.m. at the 14th Street-Union Square N/Q/R stop, according to police. The 29-year-old victim said that the man stabbed him in the back of head with an unknown sharp object.
The officer then followed the suspect until on-duty officers arrived and took him into custody. Benjamin Mazyck, 42, was arrested and charged with assault and weapon possession, police said. The Brooklyn resident has 41 prior arrests, and confronted the off-duty officer after saying to him, "What are you looking at?"
The officer was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
At the same time, there was another incident at a different subway station further north in Manhattan. At a125th Street station, an argument between two men over swipes let to an alteration.
One of the men is in police custody. No other details were immediately available.