Brooklyn subway brawlers update: Man arrested for slashing foe on tracks

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The suspect and victim involved in a brawl at the Broadway Junction station in Brooklyn on May 4, 2022 that ended with both men falling onto the tracks.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD made an arrest Sunday evening hours after releasing stunning video showing two Brooklyn subway brawlers battling it out on a station platform, then taking their fight onto the tracks.

Anthony Melendez, 35, of Stanley Avenue in Brooklyn was picked up on May 8 and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon for assaulting and slashing the 52-year-old male victim in the wild assault.

Law enforcement sources said the incident happened at about 9:45 p.m. on May 4 on the Queens-bound platform of the A/C lines at the Broadway Junction station.

As shown on the video, Melendez allegedly got into the dispute with the 52-year-old man after he passed him on the platform. The video shows the two men engaged a heated verbal dispute, with Melendez holding what appeared to be a sharp object in his left hand. 

Seconds later, the two men went at it, with the victim shoving the suspect’s shopping cart down, scattering numerous items across the platform. The two men chase each other across the platform before they eventually tumble onto the local track.

Police said the physical struggle continued on the trackbed, where Melendez allegedly slashed the victim in the chest, ear, finger and head. Even so, both individuals were able to exit the track area without being struck by an oncoming train, or zapped by the third rail.

Melendez then fled the scene in an unknown direction, cops said.

The incident was reported to the 73rd Precinct and NYPD Transit District 33. Authorities said the victim privately sought medical care for his injuries.

This story was updated on May 9 at 9:05 a.m.