A 14-year-old boy who was stabbed during a fight at a subway station on Saturday has died, according to New York police.
Officers responding to a 911 call found the boy on a platform at a North Harlem subway station with a stab wound to the abdomen, police said in a statement. Preliminary investigations indicate that “a fight or dispute started in the street and continued to the train station where an altercation took place,” said Jason Wilcox, the chief of transit for the NYPD.
The teen was taken to a hospital, Wilcox said, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later. Investigators found a knife and what appears to be a broomstick from the crime scene, he said.
Surveillance images from the MTA yielded images of people who were on the scene, and investigators released descriptions of possible suspects to the responding officers. A man who fit part of the description and was bleeding from his back and abdomen was taken into custody, authorities said.
The NYPD said Sunday they had arrested a 15-year-old boy and recommended a murder charge. Police have not released his name or clarified whether he knew the victim. He was charged with criminal weapons possession.
It is unclear whether the 15-year-old has a lawyer. He has not been brought before.
Police are reviewing the footage of the scene and are speaking to witnesses. No other suspects are wanted, said Wilcox, who urged those with information to come forward.
“At this point, we don’t believe this was a random attack,” Wilcox said. “It is believed that those involved are known to each other.”
Officials have paid closer attention to residents’ safety and the response of law enforcement officers on subways amid a rise in urban crime, including a mass shooting at a Brooklyn subway station in April.
According to statistics released by the NYPD, the city has seen a nearly 38% increase in serious crimes through July 3 this year compared to the same period in 2021. Historically, such crime rates are still lower today than in recent decades, such as the 1980s and 1990s.
In an unrelated incident on Saturday, a man reportedly called police, identified himself and made threats against the governor, some elected officials and members of the NYPD, authorities said.
During the phone call, the man said he would “shoot the heads off the first police officers he saw,” said NYPD patrol chief Jeffrey B. Maddrey. The man then called an NYPD district in Queens a second time and repeated the same, Maddrey said.
Members of the NYPD Police Department in Queens sent uniformed officers and flagged vehicles to respond to an area near “the address in question,” Maddrey said.
A man came out of the house and one of the officers called him by his name, Maddrey said. The man confirmed he was the caller and began berating the officers. He did not listen to their orders to ask him to take his hands out of his pockets, police said.
There was a brief verbal exchange before the man brandished a firearm and pointed it at police, Maddrey said. The man fired several shots and “at least six” officers in turn fired their guns, he said.
Officers restrained the injured man and began life-saving measures, leading him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Maddrey said.
Multiple police officers were also taken to hospital and treated for various injuries, including tinnitus and high blood pressure, Maddrey said. The scene is still under investigation.