BROOKLYN — A man was slashed on a 3 train in Brooklyn Monday afternoon in the latest in a series of recent subway attacks, police said.
The 30-year-old victim was with a friend at the Pennsylvania Avenue Station in East New York at about 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 1 when they saw a Stephen Brathwaite, 37, pacing back and forth on the platform, an NYPD spokesman said.
The two men exchanged words and Brathwaite threw hot coffee on the 30-year-old man’s back, according to police and court documents.
Brathwaite and the two friends got onto separate subway cars, but walked towards each other before Brathwaite pulled out a folding knife and slashed the victim's chin, according to police.
Police arrested Brathwaite at the Utica Avenue Station and the victim was not taken to the hospital.
There were six subway slashings in January, a 100 percent increase from 2015, when there were three during the same month, according to police.
Brathwaite was charged with assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.
Brathwaite was held on $2,500 bail after being arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court.
He is due back in court on Feb. 5.