The victim, identified in reports as Ralph Carnegary, 63, was targeted by eight women who stabbed him in the left shoulder on a southbound 6 train around 23rd Street around 6:10 a.m., police said.
The stabbing occurred after Carnegary told friend James Santiago that the group of women were too rowdy, the Daily News reported.
“I didn’t think they were actually going to knife me," Carnegary told the paper. "The oldest one didn’t look no more than 18 or 19. I couldn’t believe they did that.”
Santiago jumped up to defend his friend from the women, who were yelling "go for him" and "cut him," according to the paper.
Carnegary, who reportedly lives in a veterans' shelter in Long Island City, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. A knife was found on the floor of the subway car, police said.
Police identified the suspects as Shanice Brown, 20, Sheyla Figueroa, 18, Starmeik Driggins, 19 and Kimberly Molina, 20, all of Brooklyn; Martha Bermudez, 17 and Sha-Steva Burdos, of Queens; and Michelle Rodriguez, 19 from The Bronx.
There is also one juvenile suspect whose name was not released, police said.
All of the women are charged with assault, gang assault, menacing, rioting, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct, cops said.