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Straphanger stabbed by panhandler says NYC subway is a catastrophe


A straphanger who was stabbed in the stomach whereas attempting to cease an unruly panhandler from harassing riders close to Rockefeller Center Monday slammed the town’s subway system over its soaring crime rates

“It sucks what’s taking place,’’ Bruce Fuentes, 27, of Sunset Park advised The Post whereas recovering at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. “The subway system is a multitude proper now.’’

Fuentes, a meals deliveryman, was driving residence on a southbound B prepare after just a few drinks at round 2 a.m. when an aggressive vagrant started demanding cash from fellow straphangers, he mentioned.

Bruce Fuentes, the person who received stabbed close to the Rockefeller Center subway station, mentioned the town’s subway system is a “mess.”
Robert Mecea

“[He was] just about attempting to trouble individuals for what he needed,” Fuentes mentioned. “I simply advised him, ‘Leave me alone, like simply again off.’”

“He simply grew to become aggressive and that’s once I needed to defend myself,” he mentioned.

The crazed panhandler then pulled a knife, and plunged it into the left aspect of his intestine close to the forty seventh–fiftieth Streets–Rockefeller Center station.

NYPD at the Rockefeller Center station after the stabbing on the B train on August 22, 2022.

NYPD on the Rockefeller Center station after the stabbing on the B prepare on August 22, 2022.
Robert Mecea

“It received ugly. I didn’t understand I used to be stabbed ‘til I received off the prepare and noticed the blood,” Fuentes mentioned. “Thank God it wasn’t that deep.”

A jolt of adrenaline stored him from feeling the stab wound as blood soaked by means of his T-shirt, gorgeous onlookers.

“I didn’t really feel it. I had a white shirt on and everyone was like, ‘Bro look down,’” he mentioned.

Once off the prepare, an MTA employee referred to as the police and he was rushed to a hospital. But amid the chaos, he misplaced his cellphone and bike, which he wants for his job.

“I’m very pleased I’m OK, and that he hopefully didn’t damage anybody else on that prepare,” he mentioned.

Fuentes’ girlfriend, Karina Guzman, mentioned she was rattled by the assault and frightened by the state of the city’s subway system.

“There’s a number of loopy individuals now on the prepare,” mentioned Guzman, 22. “It’s like you’ll be able to simply get stabbed for something.”

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