The knife-wielding man who pushed a Brooklyn straphanger onto subway tracks and slashed it open during a wild video scuffle last week has been arrested, cops said.
Anthony Melendez, 35, was arrested Sunday in connection with Wednesday morning’s attack at the Broadway Junction A and C station in east New York, police said.
Footage released by the NYPD over the weekend shows the 52-year-old victim first walking through the station past Melendez, who for an unknown reason began arguing with him, authorities said.
Melendez then poked at his opponent, who deflected the gun and hit him with what appeared to be a jacket, according to footage and police officers.
The men chase each other around the platform, knocking over the contents of the suspect’s shopping cart while other straphangers try to dodge, footage shows.
After a few seconds, the suspect attacked the victim, causing both of them to fall onto the southbound tracks, police said.
There, Melendez slashed the victim in the chest, ear, fingers and head, police officers said.
Both men eventually climbed off the tracks without making contact with an oncoming train, police officers said.
The victim sought treatment herself and Melendez walked away, police said.
But an eagle-eyed MTA employee spotted the suspect Sunday at the 207th Street A train station in Inwood, Manhattan, police said.
Melendez, of East New York, was arrested and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, police officers said.
He was arrested last month at Sutter Avenue and 93rd Street in Ozone Park, Queens, for allegedly pushing a police officer to the ground when the officer was trying to arrest him on criminal mischief charges.
He was also arrested for a domestic assault in 2020, police officers said.
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