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Woman attacked, slashed on MTA bus in the Bronx

Crime in NYC transit up 18% so far this year compared to last year
Crime in NYC transit up 18% so far this year compared to last year 03:10

NEW YORK -- Police say a woman was attacked and slashed by a man on an MTA bus in the Bronx on Friday.

It happened on a Bx2 bus on Grand Concourse near East 175th Street around 5:30 p.m.

Stephanie Aquino, 33, told CBS New York's Ali Bauman the man started groping her on the bus.  Flustered, she asked the driver to pull over, which angered her attacker.

"And then he came out of nowhere, like smacking, doing punches. He threw me out of the bus. He dropped me out of the bus, and I told everybody, 'Close the door, close the door.' He didn't close the door," she said.

That's when police say the man slashed her across the face and ran off.

Police are still searching for him.

This happened just a few hours after and a few blocks away from a deadly attack at the 182nd Street subway station.

A 45-year-old man was killed after getting into an argument with three individuals on a southbound D train.

Crime in transit is up 18% so far this year compared to last.

The MTA and NYPD say following a significant uptick in crime in January, additional officers were sent into the system, and they report crime has dropped since then.

The MTA adds that the entire fleet of subway cars will have cameras by January 2025.

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