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East Harlem subway slashing victim says he thought he was going to die

Posted at 7:03 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 19:08:28-05

EAST HARLEM — The man who was slashed in the face on a crowded platform of an East Harlem subway station on Thursday told PIX11's Nicole Johnson he thought he was going to die.

"They tried to murder me," 34-year-old John Kramer said, wpeaking to PIX by phone Friday.

Kramer explained how the incident went down a the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station along the 4/5/6 train line.

Police released these images of a suspect in the East Harlem subway slashing. (NYPD)

Kramer said it was when he accidentally bumped into a man in the busy station that it all started. "I backed up. He put up his hands like he wanted to fight me, and then he pulled out a knife," Kramer said.

"Somebody came up behind me and pushed me, and then he lunged at me with the knife at the same time," Kramer recounted.

Police on Friday released a photo of the suspect they're looking for who allegedly slashed Kramer.

Later Thursday night at the same train station, in an unrelated incident, police said 30-year-old Julio Leonardo was arrested after punching a train conductor.

Witnesses said Leonard became irate after the conductor asked him to stop holding the doors of a 4 train.

Police say that overall, crime in the city's subway system is not a major issue. They say on average, officers respond to maybe six or seven incidents a day.