The New York Police Department’s Chief of Transit Michael Kemper said during a press conference on Tuesday that New York City police officers had detained a 28-year-old man who is accused of violently slashing three women on their legs at two distinct subway stations over the weekend. The incidents occurred throughout the course of the weekend.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) camera in the tube station captured video that assisted the police in positively identifying the person they had been searching for, Kemal Rideout. Kemper stated that several officers located the same man seen in the video as he was heading uphill on a street in Manhattan, detained him, put him into custody, and then charged him with three counts of assault in the first degree.
The slashings took place both on the platform and inside the moving train. At approximately 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, the suspect allegedly slashed the legs of two victims, a man aged 48 and a woman aged 19, as they waited for their train at the East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station, according to Kemper. The victims were waiting for their train.
“I just felt like a slice. I reached behind me and gripped my thigh before turning around to see him standing there. “And I had the blood, and the blood was dripping everywhere,” the victim, who was 19 years old, said in an interview with NBC New York. On a train at the Chambers Street station in downtown Manhattan, according to the allegations, Rideout stabbed a third victim, a lady in her twenties, before fleeing the scene of the crime.