Yesterday, two people were slashed aboard a C train in Brooklyn in what police are calling a "random" attack. Suspect Stanley Gray, 29, has been charged with two counts of assault for stabbing two men on the C train near Ralph Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. "It was random," a law enforcement source told the Post. "I don’t know why—it’s so hard to understand. No words, no quotes, he just slashed them."
Apparently without warning, Gray allegedly stabbed 32-year-old Oneal Mendez on the head with a box cutter. Police say he then stabbed 22-year-old Matthew Ruff, who had witnessed what happened and tried to move to another train car to get away from Gray. Ruff was also slashed in the head.
"He was covering his face, holding a phone calling somebody," witness Michael Lopez told the News about one of the victims. "He was crying. I was wondering what was going on. It was a surprise for me because I never saw anything like this before."
Gray fled the scene after the stabbings, but was caught less than an hour later at Rockaway Avenue and Fulton Street. The razor was recovered at the scene.
Both victims were taken in stable condition to Brookdale Hospital for treatment. Ruff wrote to ABC from the hospital: "I was just on my way to work and the guy seemed like any other dude on the subway. Then he pulled a box knife out and attacked someone. I tried to escape to the next subway car, but he got on top of me and cut a gash in my head."
Other witnesses were equally perplexed by the stabbings: "I thought it was a love triangle," Escott, an off-duty MTA employee, told the Post. "Usually this stuff is domestic. But it was random? That’s crazy. I think it’s very sad and unfortunate. He’s probably an EDP [Emotionally Distrubed Person]."