NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for two suspects after a dispute over a seat on the 6 train ended with one man being slashed in the face and another punched in East Harlem on Thursday night.
The dispute happened while the 6 train was in transit near the 110th Street and Lexington station around 9 p.m.
Police said a 35-year-old man was slashed and pepper sprayed in the face, while a 57-year-old man was punched repeatedly and then pepper sprayed as well.
Witnesses told CBS2’s Jessica Layton the man who was slashed lost part of his ear in the attack.
“Blood all over, so I didn’t really know. I knew his ear was like leaking, halfway off,” one man said.
“I’m from California and I’ve never seen anything like this. This is my first subway experience,” one woman said.
“We see this kind of stuff in the movies, so I’m thinking ‘Oh my goodness it really does happen out here,” another said.
Blood could be seen on the floor and the walls of the station.
Police said they are searching for a black man approximately 25 to 30 years old wearing a burgundy jacket and glasses, and a Hispanic man approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black coat and braided hair.