Woman stabs passenger to death on MTA bus; 3rd homicide in 10 days on public transportation in New York

Woman stabs passenger to death on MTA bus; 3rd homicide in 10 days on public transportation in New York

Ebony Jackson was arrested and charged yesterday on suspicion of killing Lamont Barkley during a dispute on a bus in the Bronx, reported The New York Times.

Barkley, 55, was on the BX19 bus at the intersection of E. 149th St and Gerard Ave. in the Mott Haven neighborhood just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he was stabbed multiple times. It was the third homicide on New York City public transportation in 10 days, highlighted Fox News.

EMS rushed Barkley to NYC Health & Hospitals/Lincoln, but he could not be saved. New York police said the victim had been in some sort of dispute with a woman and a man on the bus, who fled after the deadly attack.

Jackson, a 42-year-old Bronx resident, was arrested Monday on murder charges. Her accomplice is still at large. The suspect, who had no criminal record, was detained at the same hospital where Barkley died.

The nature of her injuries was unclear, but a source told the Daily News that she had gone to the hospital on her own for treatment and was recognized by the police there.

Two other men have been stabbed to death on the New York subway in the past 10 days. Until Barkley’s death, the most recent case had been a 38-year-old passenger Thursday night in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.

As he was getting off a No. 4 train around 8:30 pm a man stabbed him several times in the back and chest with a large knife and then ran away. Police said the attack was unprovoked.

A week earlier, on September 30, a construction worker had also been stabbed to death on an L line train in Brooklyn. He was identified as Tommy Bailey, 43, and Alvin Charles, a homeless man, was arrested in the case.

The night before, a man jumped to his death in front of a subway train in downtown Manhattan’s Penn Station.

The president of the MTA, Janno Lieber, yesterday attended the funeral of Bailey, who left three orphaned children. He told reporters that he had spoken with NYPD leaders about the rise in crime in the transit system.

“Actually, they are thinking of additional things they can do, additional steps they can take that will raise the level of security by increasing officer presence and visibility.”

Mayor Eric Adams, whose election campaign focused on public safety, has announced several measures to make the subway safer, including deploying more police officers to stations and cars. But until now violence is still on the rise.

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