On the morning of Christmas Day, a shocking event occurred at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Two teenage girls, aged 14 and 16, visiting from South America, were stabbed while dining with their parents at Tartinery in the Grand Central Dining Concourse. The attack, which took place just before 11:30 a.m., resulted in the 16-year-old being stabbed in the back, causing a nick to her lung, while the 14-year-old suffered a stab wound to the thigh. Both were rushed to Bellevue Hospital and fortunately, their injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspect, 36-year-old Steven Hutcherson of the Bronx, reportedly became involved in a verbal dispute with the staff of Tartinery. The disagreement escalated when Hutcherson allegedly made statements about the victims being allowed to sit in the restaurant area, subsequently pulling out a knife and attacking the two girls.

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police responded rapidly, arriving at the scene in less than 30 seconds. Hutcherson surrendered peacefully, placing the knife down. He now faces felony charges of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Additionally, authorities are investigating potential hate crime charges due to statements he made during the incident.

Who is Steven Hutcherson?

Hutcherson is known to both MTA police and the NYPD as an emotionally disturbed person with a history of arrests. Notably, he was arrested twice in the past six months for menacing individuals with a gun in the Bronx. His previous arrests, occurring on November 7 and July 24, resulted in a 15-day sentence for weapons possession and a conditional discharge, respectively. A temporary restraining order was also issued against him in one of these cases.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged the incident, emphasizing the importance of addressing such high-profile crimes quickly and efficiently. He noted that while overall subway crime is down, incidents like these heighten public concern for safety in well-known locations. Adams stressed the need for effective law enforcement to ensure the safety of both residents and visitors in New York City.