Police said Tuesday a train driver was hit with pipes by a confused man and a straphanger was stabbed to death by a stranger in several attacks on the subway network over the weekend.
The latest of the two incidents occurred around 11:45 p.m. Sunday at the 168th Street-Washington Heights station, when a passenger began an argument with the subway worker as he exited a decommissioned northbound C train, said the police.
The driver refused to get off the train and pointed a carpet cutter and a metal pipe at the 37-year-old male worker who had ordered him off the train, police officers said.
He then hit the operator in the face with the pipe before running out of the station into the street, police officers said.
The blow knocked out many of the worker’s teeth, police said.
He was taken to Irving Medical Center at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, where his condition was stable.
Police released a photo of the suspect apparently pushing a suitcase with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. He remained on the run Tuesday.
In a separate, apparently unprovoked attack Saturday afternoon, an unidentified gunman sprayed an unknown substance in the face and repeatedly stabbed a 50-year-old man with a metal object on the north platform of the 6 28th Street station at Rose Hill, police officers said.
The victim, stabbed in the face and head in the 5:30 p.m. attack, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was stitched up.
Police were still looking for the suspect Tuesday.
He was seen in surveillance footage wearing a mustard-colored jacket with a game print, a black balaclava and red sneakers.