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Video: Man Slashes Two Elderly Straphangers on 7 Train in Woodside

July 12, 2020 By Christian Murray

Disturbing video has gone viral of a slashing that took place on the 7 train in Woodside last week.

The video shows two straphangers, both in their 70s, being attacked by a man with a pocket knife on a Manhattan-bound train– between 61st Street and 52nd Street– at around 7:25 a.m. July 5.

The knife wielding man, identified as Patrick Chambers, 46, slashed one of the men in the stomach and the chest in what police say was an unprovoked attack.

Another man, tried to intervene and was attacked but Chambers who slashed the man’s left wrist and upper chest, police said.

Chambers was arrested by police after the train pulled into the 52nd St. station. He has been charged with assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

The two seniors were transferred by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, according to police.

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fed up jimbo

Good thing bail reform exists because I would hate to see this guy stuck in Rikers during covid. /s

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Trollmaster

A guy like this wouldn’t be eligible for release under bail reform, troll. Do your research

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Reggie

If Caban was the Queens District attorney right now, this would be happening every day.

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Queenshombre

I can’t believe the comments calling for people to understand the slasher. I don’t care what his circumstances are, he deserves long incarceration, if not a vigilante beating.

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DC

We are so quick to judge someone. We never know anyone’s situation. Homelessness is a community thing, it affects all of us. We never know why someone is homeless, you can have it all today and gone tomorrow. In this case being a witness of the incident it’s sad. We are in a pandemic, political crisis and the job market sucks. We need to fix and help our communities before judging others. Prime example moving passengers to the next cart away from this individual.

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Dee

The uptick is happening because people had been cooped up at home until it got very hot and rioting was encouraged. Its the new norm. I need to stock up on more popcorn.

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Colin

This is one of many examples in the past months! The media/officials are saying and doing nothing about violence against particular people!

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they cant get to the violence promptly

when the violence is two and a half miles away from the precinct!

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Leslie

The news media is talking about violence and crime in NYC like they are discussing the weather. On Saturday there were 10 shots fired, on Sunday there were 6, 3 people were killed and 2 taken to the hospital, blah blah blah and now lets focus on the “Karen” that coughed in the bagel store..our team are on scene to discuss race privilege. Its laughable.

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Jill

This crime is partly due to some local and national politicians and movements labeling all older white men as racists and evil. This includes most of main stream media who air such statements and hardly show footage to condemn it. If this had been a white man stabbing minorities the news media and our local politicians would of blamed it on trump, whites and republicans .

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marty

That is so disturbing but unfortunately not a surprise for the 7 train and for Woodside.

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Marilyn

Looks like a black on white hate crime. They are thinking they can get away with anything now.

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I agree, black lives matter

Like you said, all lives, including black ones matter. Thanks for supporting them!

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black lives (lies) matters is......

…a horrible organization that promotes racism, divides communities, pushes false narratives and half truths, and does more damage to the black community then anything. The majority doesn’t support them. The majority supports the police.

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That's completely false

I never mentioned an organization. The OP said that they think all black lives matter.

You since the police have murdered so many people in such a short time, we should support that.

If you can provide any reason what you said is true, go ahead. You clearly couldn’t do it.

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arvin

Wow he must have been upset about unemployment or the stress of covid 19..Same thing with the guy in the Bronx who placed the cop in a choke hold

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Something tells me he couldn't keep a job if he just had to show up.

Dudes unstable asking elderly and why they aren’t home with their families??? Why isn’t HE home with his family/IES??

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El loco

Let’s defund the police!!! Let’s end bail. Let’s get rid of Rikers. Maybe an intervention would have stopped it. Maybe if someone would have talked nice to the slasher. Maybe if his mother would have been nicer. Maybe if his third grade teacher would have been nicer. It’s time for decent people – Black, White, Asian, Hispanic to stand up to this chaos that is engulfing our city. Do something DeBlasio or quit!

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You can't have personal responsibility when you are insane!!!

That’s the problem with this City!!! Too many insane people are allowed to be out alone without anyone taking care and responsibility of them.

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Bob

We have the mayor, governor and city council to thank for this. The mayor constantly stands against the police (since it’s popular) while he releases criminals, mentally ill and puts average tax paying citizens last. Every criminal caught for this sort of thing has a long criminal record and is repetitively released. It’s one of many reasons why long term residents are leaving the city in droves. When will the voters of this city realize we need honest politicians with a back bone and not an agenda to stay in office at the expense of its’ citizens?

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Gardens Watcher

Hope the victims are recovering ok. This video is frightening. This attacker needs to be behind bars.

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Guest

Where is this person now? Is he still arrested? Mayor is too busy painting streets. White elderly lives matter too. Does this grant chokehold? Knife wielding man, identified as Patrick Chambers, 46, African American.
If this was white man slashing black elderly, we’d have hate crime.

Attempted murder should be added to list of crimes.

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gary

How no one has called this an hate crime yet, is beyond me. I heard it was a homophobic attack.

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Rita

A 2-year-old boy was also slashed in the face in a random unprovoked attack in NYC last week. News media did not make a big deal out of it. But I was horrified.

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Susan

If you’re watching NY1 you are getting a very small handpicked number of stories to fit their narrative. You’re not really getting news.

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Dave

Something tells me that this was a homophobic incident given eyewitness statements but it doesn’t fit the narrative at the moment,note the silence from van bramer.

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CMV

The double standards these days are insane. As our moron worst mayor ever is putting on a show painting black lives matter on 5th ave, this poor innocent underprivileged man victim of systemic racism attacks 2 elderly man on the 7 train. Where’s DeBlasio and al sharpton now? Where’s the media? You won’t hear a peep because it doesn’t fit their agenda.

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