Police say 2 slashed in head aboard C train in Bedford-Stuyvesant, suspect arrested

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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Victim comments after being slashed in random attack on C train
Jim Dolan reports from Brownsville.

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, N.Y. (WABC) -- Police say two people were slashed in the head aboard a C train in Brooklyn in what appears to be a random attack.

It happened on the Manhattan-bound subway around 3:45 p.m. at the Fulton Street and Ralph Avenue Station in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The victims, a 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, were slashed on the left side of their faces with a box cutter. Their injuries were not life threatening. The victims were taken to Brookdale Hospital for treatment.

One of the victims, Matthew James Ruff, spoke to Eyewitness News via Facebook from his hospital bed.

"I was just on my way to work and the guy seemed like any other dude on the subway. Then he pulled a box knife out and attacked someone. I tried to escape to the next subway car, but he got on top of me and cut a gash in my head," Ruff wrote.

The 29-year-old suspect, Stanley Gray, allegedly left the scene, but police say he was arrested a short time later with the box cutter.

Gray has been charged with two counts of assault.

There is no word yet on what led to the stabbing. The victims apparently did not know each other or the suspect.

Ruff says he'll be OK and could be released from the hospital Wednesday.

C trains are running again after the incident.