Thursday, July 06, 2006

Power tools in the Subway? Check.

Today when I left the house the following thoughts ran through my head: Keys? Check. wallet? Check. Metro card? Check. However this phrase never came to mind: Chain mail armor to protect me should someone choose to go on a power saw rampage? Check.

Should I really have to worry about getting jacked by a power saw in the subway? Aparantly so. This latest bit of craziness (see article below) happened today on the 1 train on the upper west side. While we don't frequently take that specific train (the 1) we DO always come down the west side where there seem to be an alarmingliy high amount of dangerously looney subway riders these days. Last month a guy randomly stabbed 4 people in a 13 hour stabbing spree, the first victim was also on the upper west side and both of these attacks happened in the middle of the day. I'm not trying to cause any worry or panic amongst our family or friends. We take the necessary precautions, but when it comes down to it people go crazy any time of day with any number of people around . . . it's a scary world out there.

Subway rider attacked with power saws

Victim: 'He was trying to cut through me'

Thursday, July 6, 2006; Posted: 10:07 p.m. EDT (02:07 GMT)
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A man went on a rampage in the New York City subway Thursday, terrorizing riders with two battery-powered saws and critically wounding a 64-year-old man, police said.

Police arrested the 30-year-old man.

"The suspect encountered a 64-year-old male who was entering the subway station and assaulted the man in the chest before fleeing the scene," said Sgt. Kevin Hayes of the New York Police Department. "The victim was removed and taken to St. Luke's Hospital in critical but stable condition."

The Associated Press said the victim was Michael Steinberg.

Steinberg told reporters that the assailant never spoke. "I think he was out of his mind," he told the AP.

Steinberg was about to swipe his subway card through a turnstile when he was approached by the man with the saws, the victim told the AP.

"He looked at me and before I knew it, he was attacking me," Steinberg told the AP. "The motor kept going on. He was trying to cut through me."

"I screamed for help -- 'Please help! Please help me!' "

The attacker finally stopped attacking him to demand money, then ran out of the station with Steinberg's wallet and the power tools, Steinberg told the AP.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. on the platform of the No. 1 train at 110th Street and Broadway, near Columbia University.

Police said the saws were recovered in a garbage can on 110th Street.

"The man grabbed the two cordless power saws off a workbench where a private contractor was working on the subway. They placed their tools in a cutoff area on the subway platform." Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman James Anyansi said.

Police are reviewing security camera videotape.

The attack came two weeks after a Boston man was charged with stabbing four people, three of them tourists, over 13 hours in the subway and in the theater district in Manhattan.

CNN's Jennifer Styles contributed to this report.

4 comments:

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  2. A chick I used to know makes her own chain mail. I could hook you up...

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  3. Thanks Azucar--Hook a sista up. (I would be a lot more willing to trust this chain mail, if I knew said 'chick' was a member/former member of the sword and quill club.)

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  4. How did you know? Really, how? Although, said chick has moved on to be a part of the speciously illustrious SCA.

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