Yankee Stadium subway stab victim reveals the maniac’s possible motive

The man who stabbed a Bronx straphanger in the back may have freaked out because he mistakenly believed the victim had taken a picture of him, police officers and the injured man said Monday.

The 33-year-old victim, Leo Frasier, told WABC he was on the escalator at 161 St-Yankee Stadium subway station around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when the attacker stabbed him.

Frasier said that prior to the attack he complained to the suspect that the man was standing too close to him.

“I had to let him know, like, ‘Excuse me young man, get out of my privacy. I had a long day. It’s hot,'” Frasier told the outlet.

He said his attacker then waited for him at the bottom of the escalator and stabbed him, possibly because the suspect thought he had photographed him, not to mention that Frasier was gay.

“[Bystanders] said, ‘He’s bleeding, he’s bleeding,’ so I felt massive blood coming out of my back,” Frasier said from his hospital bed.”

The shirtless suspect, seen in brightly colored shorts, fled down the escalator after the attack.
The shirtless suspect, seen in brightly colored shorts, fled down the escalator after the attack.
NYPD

The victim said the blade narrowly missed his lungs.

“I think, you know what, he could tell I was gay,” Frasier said. “I don’t care, but at the end of the day it became a hate crime.”

Cops said they couldn’t tell if the attack was a hate crime.

The recorded scene in which a 33-year-old man was stabbed in the back at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
The recorded scene in which a 33-year-old man was stabbed in the back at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station on Sunday.
Peter Gerber

Frasier was taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where his condition was stable.

Footage released Sunday shows the shirtless suspect in brightly colored shorts fleeing down the escalator.

He remained at large on Monday.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/08/yankee-stadium-subway-stab-vic-recounts-horror/ Yankee Stadium subway stab victim reveals the maniac’s possible motive

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