NEW YORK (PIX11)—Police in the the Bronx and Queens feel it's a race against time to find a crazed slasher before she finds another victim. A woman described as a light complexioned Hispanic or Black female, between 17 and 25 years old, has already attacked twice.
In the first incident on September 6th, the suspect approached a 19-year-old Hispanic female sitting on a northbound number 4 train. As it pulled into the 170th Street and Jerome Avenue station, she slashed her face with an unknown object, causing what police described as a "serious physical injury."
Six days later it happened again, this time aboard a southbound train at the Mt. Eden station. The victim was an 18-year-old Hispanic female. Police believe the victims were strangers picked at random.
Another incident happened at the Rockaway Parkway station on the A line in Ozone Park. A man ran to the victim and slashed his face. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital and needed 30 stitches to close up his wound.
Women getting off the number 4 train told me they are "scared" and have to be more "vigilant" as they ride the train. One rider, Johnny Terrones, told PIX11 he recognized the suspect as someone he knew from the neighborhood. He has shared that information with police. Police say the suspect should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.
People are being asked to call the special police hotline at 800-577-TIPS.