NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty NYPD officer was attacked and slashed at the Union Square subway station Tuesday.
Police say the officer was leaving the station around noon when he walked by the 42-year-old suspect, Benjamin Mazyck.READ MORE: Scheifele Has Hat Trick, Jets Beat Devils
The two exchanged words, and the officer walked away.
Police say that’s when Mazyck attacked, punching and slashing the officer in the neck with a broken pair of scissors.READ MORE: Strome Scores As Rangers Beat Sharks; Shesterkin Hurt
Officers on duty at the station chased Mazyck onto a train, and he was taken into custody.
Passenger safety advocates are demanding change.
“This station’s had a lot of incidents of late, so something here is going very wrong, and they’ve got to get this fixed right away,” said Charlton D’souza, president of Passengers United.MORE NEWS: Nets Escape Timberwolves Behind Durant's 30
The off-duty officer was not seriously injured.