2 arrested after man stabbed at Bronx subway station

Security video of two suspects in Bronx subway stabbing

April 29, 2012 6:16:58 AM PDT
Police say two people, a man and a woman, have been arrested in a stabbing at a Bronx subway station that occurred after a confrontation over a stolen cellphone.

Police say the 19-year-old victim fell asleep while riding a southbound No. 4 train early Saturday. He awoke around 4 a.m. to find his cellphone gone - and then spotted another passenger with the phone.

Police say that passenger and a companion got off the train at the Fordham Road station, and the victim followed them. He was stabbed numerous times, suffering critical injuries.

Police say 22-year-old Victor Montalvo and 21-year-old Maritza Lopez were later arrested and each charged with Attempted Murder 2, Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The victim of the stabbing is in critical yet stable condition at St. Barnabas Hospital, but has not yet been released.

The incident happened in the Fordham section of the Bronx.

Surveillance video showed a man and a woman in an apartment building in the Bronx, shortly after the assault on the platform of the number 4 train.

Police say a 19 year old man was stabbed at least six times after confronting a man who stole his smartphone.

According to investigators, the victim and a friend were riding the train just before 4 a.m., when they fell asleep.

The victim woke up and noticed that his pocket had been slashed and his phone, gone.

He then spotted a man with his phone on the train car.

They all got off, and the victim confronted the suspect, who in turn, pulled out a knife.

The victim's friend ran for help.

When he came back to the platform, his buddy had been stabbed in his head, neck, chest and torso.

In surveillance video from another nearby store, detectives are seen arriving to the scene just minutes after the stabbing.

The victim left a trail of blood down three levels of the station, from the platform to the landing near the token booth, and all the way down the stairs to the exit on Fordham.

Number 4 trains were bypassing the Fordham Road Station while police investigated.

The suspect was with a woman on the train.

He was wearing a baseball hat with the letters "LA" on it.

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