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Subway Rider Who Allegedly Hit His Own Kid, Then Threatened a Witness Is Arrested: NYPD

The victim had gone for an ice cream outing with his wife and 4-year-old daughter when they encountered the enraged subway rider

What to Know

  • A train passenger pulled a knife on another man and threatened to kill him after the man scolded him for hitting his child
  • The man was riding an uptown E train in Manhattan on June 24 when the incident happened
  • The suspect, 23-year-old Edgar Rodriguez, was arrested July 17

Police say they've found the subway rider who allegedly threatened kill another man when the man admonished him for hitting his child last month. 

Edgar Rodriguez, 23, of Rosevelt Island, was arrested and brought into the Manhattan Transit station on West 12th Street Tuesday afternoon, police said. 

He's facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear, and he said nothing to reporters as he was led from the police station in handcuffs Tuesday. 

The 45-year-old victim was riding an uptown E train in Manhattan with his wife and 4-year-old daughter mid-afternoon on June 24 when he saw Rodriguez hit his own child, who was riding in a stroller, the victim said.

The man told News 4 that he and his family were on an outing to get ice cream when the squabble happened. 

"We made eye contact and he says, 'Why are you looking at me?' And used f-words. And I said, 'You shouldn't hit your kid. It's unnecessary,'" the man said. 

That's when Rodriguez started to threaten him, according to police. 

“It’s my kid — worry about your f---ing kid,” Rodriguez allegedly told the man at some point during the dispute, according to law enforcement sources. "I will kill you on this train." 

“I promise you I will change your life," the rider added. 

Video taken inside the subway car shows the suspect with the stroller pull out a knife and shout as he holds open the train doors. He then spits at the 45-year-old man just before exiting the train.

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