A man riding the 2 train through the Bronx early Tuesday morning was violently attacked by two muggers who stole his backpack full of Tupperware. The unnamed 26-year-old victim was on the 2 train near the Jackson Avenue station when he was approached by two robbers around 1:15 a.m. Police say that when they tried to take his bag, the victim fought back, and in the ensuing struggle was slashed on the back of his head, his forehead and left hand.
The victim fled the train at the Jackson Avenue station and was subsequently treated at Lincoln Hospital and released. But the two muggers stayed on the train with the bookbag full of Tupperware. They remain at large. Police released this video of the suspects:
Investigators say both suspects are in their early 20s; one is 5'8" tall weighing 210 pounds, the other is 5'7" tall weighing 150 pounds. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Slashings and stabbings have increased an estimated 25 percent through early April this year compared to the same time last year, according to the NYPD. Most of these incidents have not occurred on the subway, but last month the NYPD announced it was significantly increasing its presence in the subway and would begin making routine checks of trains as they're stopped in stations.