Video has surfaced of a man stabbing two elderly men on the New York City subway over the Fourth of July weekend.
Patrick Chambers, 46, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault, two counts of menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon following an attack that occurred on July 5 on a Queens subway.
The situation unfolded when Chambers allegedly shouted, “Why aren’t you home with your kids?” at the two men, who are both in their 70s, according to the New York Post. Chambers then pulled a knife on the men, which was partially captured on camera. All three men were wearing face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Following the stabbings, the attacker can be seen in the video walking away from the scene. The victims were taken to a local hospital and are in stable condition.
The incident comes as New York City officials report a spike in violence since protests and riots have spread across the country to denounce systemic racism and police brutality.
There were 10 shootings and one person killed in a nine-hour span over Independence Day weekend. Additionally, there were 13 murders between June 1-7, with 40 reported shootings, compared to five murders and 24 shootings during the same time period in 2019.
This weekend alone has also resulted in 15 people shot in a 15-hour time period in the city, according to the New York Post.
“Crime is raging out of control here in New York City,” former New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly previously said of crime in the city. “I don’t see anything that’s going to change the trajectory of that continuing to rise. There are disorderly groups all over the city challenging police officers. … Police are generally backing off … because their political leaders, the mayors … are telling cops to back off.”