2 slashed in dispute over lit cigarette on Manhattan subway train

LOWER MANHATTAN, New York City -- Two men were slashed during a dispute over a lit cigarette on a Manhattan subway train Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The incident happened aboard a southbound A train near Canal Street just before 2:30 p.m.

Authorities say the 51-year-old suspect apparently began smoking on the train, and when two male passengers asked him to stop, he displayed multiple box cutters and slashed them.

A 49-year-old man suffered a laceration to the head, while the other, age 67, was treated for a slash wound to the right ankle.

The suspect, Elston Howell of Inwood, has been charged with reckless endangerment, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say Howell has nine prior arrests, for assault and marijuana possession.

The investigation is ongoing.

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