What to Know
- A woman slashed two other bus riders in the Bronx Monday when they petted her dog, police say
- One of the victims was slashed in the face and the other in the arm; they both ran off the bus and rushed to a nearby hospital
- The suspect was seen running from the scene and then fleeing in a green cab with her small white dog
Police are looking for the woman who allegedly slashed two other bus riders when they petted her small dog Monday afternoon.
The victims, ages 20 and 22, were riding the Bx2 bus in Mott Haven Monday afternoon when at least one of them pet another woman's dog on the moving bus, according to police.
"I got sliced in my face because I went to go touch the dog," said the 22-year-old woman, who was slashed four times in the face. "I never knew it was a service animal."
"I just went to go touch the dog and she got aggravated by the fact," she added in an interview with News 4 New York partner Telemundo-47.
The 20-year-old woman was slashed in the left arm. Both victims got off the bus at East 149th Street and Morris Avenue, and ran to Lincoln Medical Center.
The suspect got off at the same location, and fled inside a green SUV taxi, police said. One witness described the shocking aftermath.
"I saw a woman running around looking for a taxi, and the people were going crazy," he said.
The bus was treated as a crime scene but service continued on the line, the MTA said.
The 22-year-old victim now has a number of stitches across her face, all because she says she wanted to pet someone's dog.
"We argued, and I was going to leave, and I went to leave," she said. "We ended up fighting and she sliced me without even knowing."
The suspect is described as a woman in her early to mid 30s, about 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-9, wearing eyeglasses, a dark-colored baseball cap, a black waist-length coat, black pants, black and white sneakers, and a black shoulder purse. She was carrying a small white dog that was wearing some sort of coat.
MTA rules allow a pet dog to be taken on a bus as long as it's inside a pet transport bag. It's not clear if this dog was properly secured in a transport bag.