Man stabbed by subway panhandler in Bronx station

FORDHAM, Bronx (WABC) -- A man is recovering after being stabbed in a Bronx subway station Monday morning.

It happened at the 182nd-183rd Street station in the Fordham section around 7:20 a.m.

The victim, 37-year-old Paul Pagoaga, tells Eyewitness News that the suspect approached him and asked for $10 to get something to eat.

Pagoaga told him no and walked away, but he then heard someone running behind him. It was the suspect, now armed with a knife, who stabbed him in the back and shoulder before fleeing the scene.

"When I turned around, I seen he had a knife," he said. "My first thought was just forget it and I ran...As I started running, I kind of tripped and I felt a stab. I felt the knife on this side go deep, and then he stabbed me on this side."

The victim was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where he received more than a dozen stitches.

He said he does not know the suspect, but he has seen him before. At one point during the attack, the suspect started kissing him on the cheek, saying he "just want(ed) the money."

Anyone with information in regard to the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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