UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — A suspect was charged in the death of a man who was found with stab wounds in the Union Square subways station over the weekend. Officials are still looking for answers in that case and for the suspect in that series of slashings targeting women on the subway on Sunday.
All of the attacks had the 4 train in common.
Claude White is 33 and homeless and was picked up after allegedly jumping a turnstile. White is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, saying nothing as he was escorted out of the 13th precinct stationhouse.
Police believe White is responsible for the stab wounds that claimed the life of 32-year-old Tavon Silver early Saturday morning.
A fellow subway rider found Silver wounded on a 4 train at Union Square but didn’t see what happened to him. Now, police believe while the two men did not know each other, they did have some sort of dispute that led to the deadly violence.
The 4 train was also at the center of violent attacks on three women this past weekend, all surviving slash wounds to their legs, after police say a man with a white t-shirt with a blank stare attacked them from behind unprovoked.
Bianchelli Diplan was leaving the train at 86th street.
“I started up the steps and then I felt something in the back of my leg. So like, I like, hold on to it. And I saw there was blood. So I turned around I saw him and, like, he just stared at me and I was crying, crying. And he just walked away,” Diplan said.
Police believe the same man also slashed a 48-year-old woman at that station, and rode the train down to the Brooklyn Bridge Station where he slashed a 26-year old woman. None of the women knew each other and the attacker said nothing.
Bianchelli Diplan, 19, says she would like to see even more police officers, like there were at 86th Street on Monday. She is urging fellow riders to be on the lookout on the subway, because the suspect is still out there.
“Just to be safe, be aware of your surroundings. Because this could happen to anybody,” she added.
Subway crime was down 13 percent last month but that may be of little consolation to riders after the violent weekend.
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