Chris Anguisaca, a 21-year-old Manhattan resident, has accused the city, the Transit Authority, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of failing to ensure the safety of the subway system. Me made these accusations after he was left blind in one eye following an attack.
The incident occurred on February 14, 2022, when Anguisaca was returning home from his job at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey.
According to Anguisaca, an agitated man on the A train approached him and a friend, insulted them with racial slurs, and then stabbed him in his left eye. The attacker attempted to target his throat before fleeing when the train arrived at the Dyckman Street station at 6 a.m.
In response to the incident, Anguisaca has filed a lawsuit against the city, the Transit Authority, and the MTA in Manhattan Supreme Court. He claims that the authorities have not maintained adequate security measures in the subway system, including functioning security cameras and trained officers.
Anguisaca also asserts that the MTA and Transit Authority have not adequately addressed the issue of mentally ill and/or homeless individuals posing a threat to passengers.
At the time of the attack, Anguisaca said that police informed him that subway station cameras were not operational north of 190th Street, a claim the MTA has since denied.
Anguisaca’s lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal actions accusing subway authorities of failing to protect the safety of commuters.