Police: MTA conductor stabbed on subway platform, attacker in custody

Adam Warner
April 21, 2019 - 11:56 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A man is in custody after an MTA conductor was stabbed at a Bronx subway station Sunday morning, police say.

The attack unfolded shortly before 11 a.m. on the southbound platform of the 149 St—Grand Concourse station, which serves number 2, 4 and 5 trains.

Police say the 33-year-old MTA conductor was minding his business on a bench when a 20-year-old man came up to him, started an argument and slapped him. 

there was an argument on the platform – it’s unclear about what – and the 20-year-old suspect stabbed the 33-year-old conductor.  

The conductor was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

Police told 1010 WINS that the attacker, identified as Walter Rivera, was in custody.

Rivera faces charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

In a statement, NYC Transit President Andy Byford expressed disgust at the stabbing.

“I am appalled and outraged by this attack on our Conductor, a dedicated Transit employee who was just doing his job, trying to help keep NYC moving," Byford wrote. "We are very grateful to the NYPD that they caught the assailant; he should now feel the full force of justice for this cowardly act.”

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano has had enough. 

"It seems like transit workers are becoming a target," Utano told 1010 WINS. "I can't have my members continuously getting assaulted. It went from spitting, to throwing urine and now stabbing. What's next?"

Utano says the city needs to do more to keep emotionally disturbed people out of the subway. 

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