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Two People Stabbed, One Injured in Jamaica Subway Station

By  Dan Rivoli and Joe Parziale | September 12, 2012 9:55am | Updated on September 12, 2012 1:43pm

QUEENS — Two people were stabbed and another injured in a chaotic incident during rush hour in at a Jamaica subway station Wednesday morning, MTA officials said.

The mayhem erupted inside the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue station at 8:45 a.m. after an argument on the J train spilled onto an escalator and then out into the street, near the LIRR station, officials said.

A couple — a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man — were slashed, said Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman. 

Nurul Alam, who was working at a magazine kiosk on the subway platform, said he saw a young, tall woman chasing a man with cuts on his wrists.

"I see the [wound] on the hand. I saw the blood," Alam, 55, said. "The blood was going everywhere."

Both victims were cut on their left elbows. They were taken to Jamaica Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 42-year-old man on the escalator was caught up in the melee, too, officials said, falling from the escalator and also suffered a gash wound on his left elbow.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, too, with a back injury, Ortiz said. He was treated for the gash as well, though it was not immediately clear if he was wounded from the fall or with a weapon, Ortiz added.

Dina Saint-Fleur, 25, was taken into custody by an MTA police officer a short time later, but was not immediately charged, officials said.

A folding knife was recovered on the scene.

The attack follows a similar incident on the street above the station involving a veteran MTA cop, 45-year-old John Barnett, who was stabbed in the eye by an emotionally disturbed man in July.

Barnett was able to fire his weapon at the assailant, 46-year-old Edgar Owens, killing him.