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Manhattan man goes blind after subway attack sues city and MTA over unsafe trains

A Manhattan resident blinded in one eye after a subway attack says the city has failed to secure the public transit system.

Chris Anguisaka, 21, was returning home from a shift at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey on February 14, 2022, when he was suddenly approached by a lunatic on the A train.

The man approached Anguisaka and his friend and started insulting him, calling him “Mexican”, before lunging at him and stabbing him in the left eye.

“At first he tried to, like, shove it down my throat. He tried to kill me,” he said.

The assailant fled the attack at 6 am when the train pulled into Dyckman Street Station.

Now Anguiscaka is suing the city, the Transit Authority, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Manhattan Supreme Court for failing to secure the subway, failing to maintain proper security cameras, and lacking trained personnel on the system.

At the time of the attack, Anguisaka claimed that police officers told him that cameras at subway stations were not working north of 190th Street, which the MTA denied.

Angisaka also alleges that the MTA and the Transit Authority have failed to control “the mentally ill and/or the homeless … so that they do not pose a threat to passengers.”

This is the latest lawsuit in which the metro authorities are accused of not ensuring the safety of trains.

Angisaka seeks restitution for unspecified damages. The MTA declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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