A 63-year-old Vietnam veteran from Queens was stabbed on a Manhattan subway train Sunday after making a sarcastic comment about a rowdy gang of eight girls and young women, cops said.
Ralph Carnegary of Queens said the raucous riders were being so loud “you couldn’t hear yourself think” as their downtown-bound 6 train neared the 23rd St. station about 6 a.m, officials said.
Carnegary, who lives in a veterans shelter in Long Island City, was on his way to work as a souvenir vendor on Wall St. “I couldn’t identify the girl who stabbed me. All my attention was on the knife coming at me,” Carnegary told the Daily News Sunday night.
He said the girls turned on him after they overheard him talking to his pal, James Santiago, about how noisy they were.
“I just said, ‘Those girls must be retarded because they can’t hear each other talk,’” Carnegary recalled.
Within a second, the furious gals, whose ages range from 15 to 20, went berserk and started pummeling Carnegary with their fists.
He was trying to block the blows when he heard another girl yell, “Go for him” and a third girl say, “Cut him.”
One of his attackers plunged a knife into Carnegary’s left shoulder, leaving a wound that required seven stitches.
“I didn’t think they were actually going to knife me. The oldest one didn’t look no more than 18 or 19. I couldn’t believe they did that,” he said.
Santiago, 46 a former Marine who also lives in the shelter, said he jumped in to defend Carnegary when he saw two of the women charge his friend from behind.
“I feel like I owe my life to this guy right here,” Carnegary said of Santiago.
Carnegary’s wife, Connie, 50, was outraged by the attack. “It’s terrible,” she said. “You can’t even ride the train. You can’t even go to work in the morning.”
The wife lives separately from her husband in East New York, Brooklyn, but said the couple is hoping to find housing together soon.
The wild group was taken into custody at the station, where a knife was recovered. All are charged with gang assault, assault, menacing, rioting, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.
Police arrested Shanice Brown, 20; Kimberly Molina, 20; Starmeik Driggins, 19, and Sheyla Figueroa, 18, all of Brooklyn; Martha Bermudez, 17, and Sha-steva Burdos, 17, both of Queens, and Michelle Rodriguez, 19, of the Bronx.
A 15-year-old Queens girl was also arrested, but her name was not released because she is a juvenile.
As the shameless suspects were led out of the Union Square transit police station Sunday evening, they unleashed an obscene tirade.
Several of them flashed gang signs, flipped their middle fingers at photographers and shouted curses. Others hid their faces in shame.
Source: NY Daily News