NEW YORK – A 37-year-old woman is recovering after being stabbed with what doctors believe was a needle while she was standing on a subway platform in Midtown Manhattan.
The incident occurred Wednesday at about 7 p.m., police say. The victim said she was bumped into at the 49th Street/7th Avenue station on the R line.
She felt a sharp pain, she said. When she went home her husband looked at the wound and called the cops.
“I felt this sharp pain in my right shoulder. ... It’s like the feeling you get when you get, like, an injection, like a flu shot. That kind of warm, stinging-pain feeling,” the victim identified as Jenny Gonzalez, 37, said to the New York Daily News.
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The ER doctor who saw her at Mt. Sinai/Queens Hospital said the injury is consistent with a needle wound.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s. No other details were provided.
The attack on Gonzalez is the latest in a string of incidents in the New York City subway system. There have been at least 10 stabbings or slashings in the subway system since the year began.
The Guardian Angels, a local group dedicated to combating crime on the city's subway, have started subway patrols for the first time in 20 years.
The NYPD has announced it is increasing patrols in the mass transit system as well.