There's been another subway slashing, this time in Brooklyn

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EXCLUSIVE- Man Slashed in the Face on No. 3 Train in Brooklyn

A man was slashed with a blade after boarding the 3 train in East New York, Brooklyn, on Monday afternoon. This was the eighth slashing attack to take place in the subway system so far this year, reports the Post, a total that triples the number of incidents compared to this time last year.

The attacker apparently spilled coffee down the back of Steve Jean Baptiste, who was waiting on the platform for a Manhattan-bound train shortly after noon. "Wanna fight?" the man said -- reportedly unprovoked -- after he'd dumped his drink on Baptiste. Both men ended up boarding the same train car, and before they reached the next stop, the attacker drew a knife and swiped it across Baptiste's chin, leaving him with a deep gash on his face.

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43. Honolulu, Hawaii had 11.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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42. Boise, Idaho had 13.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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41. Fargo, North Dakota had 14.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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40. Eugene, Oregon had 15.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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39. Lincoln, Nebraska had 17.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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38. Sioux Falls, South Dakota had 20.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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37. Billings, Montana had 21.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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36. Norfolk, Virginia had 24.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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35. Providence, Rhode Island had 26.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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34. Manchester, New Hampshire had 28.9 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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33. Louisville, Kentucky had 30.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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32. South Bend, Indiana had 32.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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31. Tucson, Arizona had 32.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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30. North Charleston, South Carolina had 34.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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29. Tacoma, Washington had 36.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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28. Salt Lake City, Utah had 38.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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27. Des Moines, Iowa had 38.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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26. Pueblo, Colorado had 41.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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25. Tulsa, Oklahoma had 41.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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24. New Orleans, Louisiana had 42.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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23. Durham, North Carolina had 42.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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22. Jackson, Mississippi had 43.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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21. North Las Vegas, Nevada had 43.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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20. Wichita, Kansas had 45.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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19. Albuquerque, New Mexico had 48.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had 49.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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17. Buffalo, New York had 50.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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16. Newark, New Jersey had 50.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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15. Odessa, Texas had 51.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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14. Tallahassee, Florida had 52.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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13. Anchorage, Alaska had 53.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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12. Springfield, Massachusetts had 54.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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11. Atlanta, Georgia had 55.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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10. Hartford, Connecticut had 55.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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9. Cleveland, Ohio had 61.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin had 65.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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7. Stockton, California had 67.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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6. Baltimore, Maryland had 67.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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5. Rockford, Illinois had 76.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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4. Birmingham, Alabama had 82.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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3. Detroit, Michigan had 83.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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The assailant, 37-year-old Stephen Brathwaite, was arrested a few stops later at Utica Avenue, taken into custody, and indicted on assault charges Tuesday morning. Police also retrieved the knife, which rode the subway for a couple more stops after its owner was caught. The victim, Baptiste, was treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, though Gothamist reports his wounds left him in "substantial pain."

The recent string of underground slashings has put subway riders on high alert -- even if the attacks are random and likely unrelated. For example, a 27-year-old man was cut in the face Sunday morning at the 110th Street station after an argument with stranger; earlier that week, a 71-year-old woman was sliced with a knife on a downtown D train -- that attacker was caught after a tip from his girlfriend's grandmother. "It is alarming to people," Joseph Fox, the chief of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau, told the Times last week. "Everyone sees themselves in that place."

On Monday, the Guardian Angels started patrolling the trains. This is the first time in more than two decades (1994, to be exact) that the safety group will keep up regular day and night shifts on the subways.

The NYPD also amped up its police presence on the subways cars and platforms last week in response to the uptick in these crimes. Commissioner Bratton, however, called the rash of slashings an "aberration" during an interview Monday with the "John Gambling Show" on AM 970. "We'll deal with it," Bratton explained, "and as we go forward in the year those numbers will decline."

Bratton also talked about a plan the NYPD had reportedly floated internally last week of keeping career criminals off public transportation. If the plan sounds a little sticky, that's because it's probably illegal. Still, Bratton stressed there should be a way to protect riders against these types of brutal assaults. "Some of the career recidivist criminals use the subways to prey on victims," the commissioner said. "We must find some way of excluding them from the subways as a condition of their parole."

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers from the K-9 Unit during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, left, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, right, talk before an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Firefighters drag a wounded actor to safety during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, left, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, right, talk before an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Firefighters drag a wounded actor to safety during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: James Waterse, New York City Police Department Chief of Counterterrorism, speaks at a press conference following a drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton congratulates officers after an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Fire Department Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Joseph Pfeifer speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
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