A homeless man stabbed a Queens straphanger in the chest during rush hour Wednesday after the victim tried to break up an argument on a subway platform, police sources said.
The suspect, who remains at large, was arguing with a woman on the northbound F train platform at the 75th Ave. station in Forest Hills at 5 p.m., when a 49-year-old good Samaritan intervened, sources said.
The homeless man pulled out a knife, stabbed the victim in the chest, then ran off.
The victim managed to climb the stairs and walk past four storefronts before collapsing on the sidewalk. He told passersby what happened, then fell unconscious.
Medics rushed him to Jamaica Hospital, where he’s expected to survive his wounds.
“He was on his back on the sidewalk, talking about what happened to him,” said Michelle Lopez, 24, a waitress from Queens. “He said there was a homeless guy he fought with, and he pulled a knife and stabbed him.”
Juan Gonzalez, 31, also a waiter, added, “He was holding his chest and bleeding badly. The blood ran down his arm and leg. He was always holding his chest until he stopped talking.”
The attacker and the victim were strangers, sources said. Cops were still looking into whether the woman knew the stabber prior to the argument.
With Thomas Tracy