4 homeless people stabbed; 2 die

Police patrol the A line subway train bound to Inwood, after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into the subway system following deadly attacks, Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in New York.

A "person of interest" was in custody Sunday after a string of brutal knife attacks targeting homeless people left two dead and two others injured in New York's subway system.

Police said at least three of the attacks appeared to be connected. An NYPD  spokesman declined to name the suspect and said no charges had been filed early Sunday.

The attacks took place Friday and Saturday on the A train, or Eighth Avenue express line. On Saturday night, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea pledged 500 additional officers would patrol the subway system.

"We will immediately commence a surge of officers to control both above and below ground," Shea said, with a goal of ensuring that "everyone that rides on our transit system on a daily basis not only is safe, but just as importantly feels safe."

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