NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – At least five subway attacks have been reported since Wednesday, leaving some riders on edge.

The latest happened last night at the 181st Street subway station in Washington Heights. Police said a 39-year-old man was slashed in the face and neck after he accidentally bumped into another man.

“I usually feel safe. So when we hear things like this, it’s very surprising to us,” said a 14-year-old boy who takes the train to school every day.

“I have a little one and I don’t want it happening here or anywhere,” a woman said.

“It’s shocking because it’s so rare,” a man added.

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Earlier Thursday, two 15-year-old boys were stabbed multiple times on the Westchester Square platform in the Bronx.

About an hour later, a female conductor had water thrown in her face in East New York, Brooklyn.

She was the second conductor attacked in Brooklyn this week. Another was slapped in the face Wednesday in Gowanus.

Police also continue to search for a group of suspects accused of antagonizing a dog and attacking its owners Wednesday on board a Queens-bound E train in Jamaica.

According to NYPD numbers, some subway crimes are on the rise.

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For example, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 17, there were 1,185 transit misdemeanor assaults citywide. That’s a 10.9% jump from the same time in 2018.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano told CBS2 that complaints by transit employees for these kind of crimes are up about 40%.

“Getting spit on, getting punched, getting urine thrown on them. Lots of different stuff going on,” he said.

In a statement earlier this week, the MTA said the NYPD’s numbers reflect the continued need to protect employees and customers.

Back in September, the agency said it would be hiring 500 additional transit police officers.


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