A 63-year-old war veteran was attacked and stabbed by a group of young girls on a subway after he rebuked them for being too noisy.
The group of girls – who were thought to be drunk – were aged between 15 and 20 and were traveling on a New York subway early on Sunday morning.
Ralph Carnegary, of Queens, said he was on his way to work as a souvenir vendor on Wall Street when he encountered the gang around 6.15am.
He told the New York Daily News he ‘couldn’t hear himself think’ and made a remark to his friend about them being ‘retarded’ if they felt the need to talk so loudly.
When he told the group to calm down and be quiet, that’s when they turned on him, a witness said.
The eight girls started punching Mr Carnegary with their fists. He was trying to shield himself and block their punches when one of them allegedly yelled: ‘Go for him’ and ‘cut him’.
It was then that one of them stabbed the veteran in the shoulder – which required treatment of seven stitches in hospital.
He told the Daily News: ‘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.’
Police arrested Shanice Brown, 20, Kimberly Molina, 20, Starmeik Driggins, 19, and Sheyla Figueroa, 18, all from Brooklyn.
Also Martha Bermudez and Sha-steva Burdos both 17 and from Queens, and Michelle Rodriguez, 19, of the Bronx.
A 15-year-old girl from Queens was also arrested, but her name was not released because she is a juvenile.
A city bus driver who witnessed their arrest told the New York Post that the women, beers in hand, were yelling: ‘We didn’t do anything!’ as they were being cuffed.
A knife was recovered at the scene. All are charged with gang assault, assault, menacing, rioting, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.