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Police: 14-year-old stabbed to death at Hamilton Heights subway station

14-year-old boy dies after stabbing at Hamilton Heights subway station
14-year-old boy dies after stabbing at Hamilton Heights subway station 01:50

NEW YORK -- A teenager died Saturday after being stabbed on a 1 train platform in Hamilton Heights.

This comes after at least two other stabbings in recent days.  

As CBS2's Alecia Reid reports, another life has been lost in what neighbors are calling a senseless act of violence.

"It's too much and too often," West Harlem resident Giovanni Pacheco said.

UPDATE (7/10/22): 15-year-old boy arrested in deadly Hamilton Heights subway stabbing

The stabbing happened around 3 p.m. inside the 137th Street-City College station on the northbound platform.

Police say they believe a fight started on the street, then continued into the train station where an altercation occurred on the platform. Officers at the scene recovered a knife and what appears to be a broomstick.

One witness, who did not want to be identified, says three teenage girls were trying to rob a 14-year-old boy when things escalated.

"There were girls. There were three little girls. There was one with the green that I, that's one that did the stabbing, and there were two young kids, maybe like 13 or 14, too. They wanted to take his phone," the witness said.

Police say the 14-year-old boy was stabbed once in the stomach. EMS arrived quickly, but the teenager died from his injuries.

"When they were bringing him up, he was dead. His head tilt back, his eyes were rolled back to the white, and purple, his lips were purple, purple. He was dead," the witness said.

MTA NYC Transit President Richard Davey released a statement saying in part, "This senseless and tragic incident is awful."

Police say MTA cameras provided clear images that helped officers locate one individual and take him into custody.

When he was taken into custody, police say that individual was bleeding from his back and stomach. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The cause of wounds and his role in incident remain under investigation.

Police believe those involved knew each other and this is not a random attack.

No other suspects are being sought at this time.

This comes on the heels of other deadly stabbings.

On Saturday morning, 54-year-old James Santana died after being stabbed in the chest following an argument in the Bronx, and on Wednesday, 30-year-old Jorge Valentin was stabbed to death.

Suspects in both of those incidents are still at large.

Service has resumed at the 137th Street-City College station.

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