A crazed panhandler demanded money from straphangers on a Manhattan train early Saturday, plunging his blade into the gut of a stranger who objected to the strong-armed tactic, police sources said.
The mayhem began around 6 am when 39-year-old Jamel Purnell accosted riders on a southbound C train in Harlem, asking for money while flashing a knife.
One man handed over $6, but another rider, a 61-year-old man balked, enraging Purnell, who stabbed him three times in the stomach, police sources said.
But the victim fought back, clubbing his attacker on the head with a wooden cane, police sources said.
The victim then alerted the train conductor, who made a radio call to police.
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