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Bronx man charged with attempted murder in Queens subway stabbing: DA

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 16:08:05-04

SUNNYSIDE, Queens — A Bronx man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing two men in their 70s on a Queens subway train on July 5, according to the Queens DA.

Patrick Chambers, 46, of Benedict Avenue in the Bronx, faces second degree attempted murder, two counts of first degree attempted assault, two counts of second degree assault of an elderly person, two counts of second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

“The defendant in this case is accused of stabbing a 71-year-old man in an unprovoked attack on the train. When another commuter tried to intervene, he too was viciously assaulted. This was a senseless act of violence that put both victims at grave risk. The defendant is in custody and will be held accountable for his alleged actions," said Queens DA Melinda Katz.

The attack happened onboard a No. 7 train near 52nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Sunnyside around 7:25 a.m. on July 5, according to the NYPD.

Police said the attack was unprovoked.

Graphic video of the assault was posted to Twitter on Saturday by the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a union representing about 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the NYPD.

The video shows a man stabbing and slashing the two victims on the train. Eventually, he moves to another train car and a conductor is briefly seen before one of the victims holds up a slashed and bloody wrist, the video shows.

To watch the video, click here.

The victims, a 71-year-old man and 73-year-old man — a Good Samaritan that tried to intervene, according to the DA — were taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for treatment.

NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre retweeted the video on Saturday, calling the stabbing a “heinous and unprovoked attack.”

Chambers was arrested shortly afterward, according to Delatorre.

According to the complaint, Chambers was immediately arrested and at that time, police allegedly recovered a knife from the defendant’s pocket. The blade appeared to have blood on it. Police also recovered a pair of scissors retrieved near a puddle of blood in the subway car, the DA's office said.