NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - On Monday Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and a dozen or so of his charges returned to patrolling the New York City subway system for the first time in 26 years.
While many riders ignored the squads of two wearing obviously vintage red berets and polyester warm-up jackets holding the car doors open for them, others welcomed Sliwa and his guardians back to active duty.
In the past month, as many as ten different knife-wielding assailants slashed apparently random subway passengers. Commissioner Bill Bratton contends we should not count these as copycat crimes but the Guardian Angels disagree.
Sliwa and the police commissioner also disagreed on what action the Guardian Angels planned to take. Sliwa promised citizens arrests, forcibly if necessary.
The Guardian Angels plan to patrol the subways from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. until they feel the system is safe once more.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton calls the rash of stabbings an aberration and that the NYPD is dealing with the problem. Shortly after he made that comment, a 37-year-old man allegedly slashed the face of a 30-year-old victim with a folding knife. The incident began on the Manhattan-bound 3 train platform at the Pennsylvania Avenue station in East New York, around 12:40 Monday afternoon.