An elderly woman is in stable condition after she was slashed on the face while riding a subway train in Manhattan yesterday, reports the Christian Science Monitor. A southbound number 6 train was approaching Bleecker Street around 7:15 a.m., when a man sitting across from the woman got up and slashed the left side of her face with an unknown object, police said. The assailant fled. Though the incident shines a spotlight on a rise in subway violence, as well as a 19 percent increase in violence across the city, fficials say the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime on the subway is low. “What we used to experience in the subways was mayhem,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in November.
Local news station ABC 7 said felony assaults on the New York subway jumped from 78 in 2014 to 99 in 2015, a 27 percent increase. Overall, crime is very low considering the growth in ridership. In 1994, there were 3.5 million subway riders and 23 crimes a day. Today there are six crimes a day, with nearly double the number of passengers, which on same days exceeds 6 million. NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox called the city's subway, “one of the safest systems in the world.”