NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:14 PM
A subway slasher who attacked two random riders was “focused, like he knew exactly what he wanted to do,” one of the victims said Wednesday.
Matthew Ruff said he was on his way to a table-waiting job in Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon when he saw a man in a denim hooded jacket pacing back and forth on the train before he pulled out a box cutter.
“He looked at the guy beside me, attacked him, then he came towards me,” Ruff said.
“He didn’t say anything. He was just coming toward me with the knife. He definitely had a crazy look in his eye, like it was all for fun. He just looked focused, like he knew exactly what he wanted to do, like if he wanted to kill us, he could have.”
Ruff tried to escape to the next subway car, but he tripped and fell in between cars. The attacker, who cops identified as Stanley Gray, 29, of Brownsville, got on top of him as he lay on the floor and cut a 4-inch gash on the right side of Ruff’s forehead before fleeing.
Matthew Ruff, 22, of Bushwick, Brooklyn was attacked by a man with a box cutter on the C-train.
Ruff, of Bushwick, needed 28 stitches to close the gash.
“It’ll be a noticeable scar, but I’ll be all right,” the 22-year-old man said.
The other victim, Oneal Mendez, 32, was treated at Brookdale Hospital.
Cops arrested Gray four blocks from the attack the C train’s Ralph Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Ruff said he moved to New York from Gainesville, Fla., just three months ago to pursue a career in musical theater. He said he’s not sure what, if anything, could’ve been done to prevent the attack, but he wishes cops had been closer.
“Sometimes they are just there and you’re like, ‘Why is there a cop just standing here doing nothing?’ That was a time we really could’ve used one, obviously,” he said. Still, “they did respond to the call fairly quickly.”
The train attack came the same week the NYPD announced subway crime has risen 7.5% this year.
About 2,000 crimes have taken place in transit through Nov. 1, an increase of about 140 from the year before, according to the NYPD.
More than 420 riders have been robbed this year, up from 353 the year before.
There has also been a 15% increase in felony assaults, from 178 to 205.