the southbound

Bystander Stabbed on Subway During Robbery: Police

A bystander was stabbed Saturday morning during a robbery on the subway, police said. 

The robber tried to steal from a 28-year-old man on the southbound C train on the Upper West Side, the NYPD said. 

The 28-year-old fought back and the robber instead stabbed a 61-year-old bystander, police said. 

The older man alerted the conductor, who called police. 

When the train stopped at Columbus Circle, officers arrested the 39-year-old attacker, who police later identified as Jamel Purnell. He faces charges of robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. 

The man who was stabbed was taken to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in serious condition, the FDNY said. 

The man who fought off the robber wasn't injured. 

Contact Us