A straphanger who was stabbed to death on a Manhattan train during a vicious robbery told the Post Tuesday that he tried to offer his attacker a cigarette, only to be repaid with a knife in his side.
Construction worker Caesar Martinez, 34, recalled being on his way home after a day’s work on a southbound F train around 10pm on November 22 when he was attacked.
The victim, who lives in the Bronx, said the suspect first asked him for money to buy cigarettes as the train approached Midtown’s 34th Street-Herald Square station.
“The guy wanted something to buy cigarettes, so I took out a pack and when he saw the pack he said, ‘No, I don’t want them,'” Martinez said.
“Then he said, ‘Give me your money and your phone.’ I didn’t want to give it to him, so he stabbed me in the side with a knife.”
Martinez attempted to escape his assailant as the train pulled into the station, but was stabbed again by the fiend, this time in the head, as the suspect attempted to grab Martinez’s backpack – a bloody scuffle captured on surveillance video .
Footage shows the men continuing to fight, with the attacker stabbing the ailing Martinez again, this time in the left shoulder.
“Maybe I wouldn’t be talking to you right now if he had stabbed me in the neck,” Martinez said.
The brute eventually wrestled the backpack away from Martinez, who said he lost all strength to continue fighting at that point. Inside the bag were about $200, an Apple Watch, and various construction tools.
Martinez suffered five punctures in total, he said.
He was taken to the hospital in stable condition but is still suffering from the attack.
“I can’t go to work because there’s too much pain,” Martinez said. “No one pays me. I’ve been unemployed for eight days. They will fire me if I don’t go.”
Martinez set up GoFundMe to pay his bills while he’s out of business.
In the meantime, he fears venturing onto the trains, where he could be a target again.
Newly released NYPD statistics show crimes such as murder, mugging and robbery in the subway system are up 40% this year through October compared to 2021 so far.
“I watch every time I go to the subway,” Martinez said. “Every time I go, I look around. You can have 20 police officers in a station, but the problem doesn’t occur during rush hour. The problem occurs at night when nobody is around.”
Martinez’s attacker is still at large, police said.
He is described as about 6’5″, 240 pounds, of medium build and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with “SOX” written in white on the front, a black jacket with a black hood, black pants and black boots.
-Aadditional reporting by Tina Moore
https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/nyc-subway-victim-i-offered-attacker-a-cigarette-only-to-be-stabbed/ The victim of a stabbing on the New York subway offered the attacker a cigarette before the brutal attack