iPhone robbery in NYC turns subway into a bloody scene

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Police in Brooklyn arrived to a bloody scene at the busy Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center train station on Friday morning after a 33-year-old man was stabbed while riding the N train.

The assailant apparently knifed the victim in the stomach after grabbing his iPhone while the Coney Island-bound train pulled into the subway station.

Emergency responders arrived shortly after the incident was reported at 11:35AM. The victim was then rushed to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, despite taking some steel to the gut.

Apple has added a number of software and hardware features over the past few years to try to make the devices less attractive to thieves. The addition of Activation Lock and Touch ID helped reduce iPhone thefts by 25% in New York last year and 40% in San Francisco, but it’s obviously still a top target.

Eyewitnesses to the event say that the attacker was pacing back and forth on the train before the incident occurred, prompting some suspicious riders to pocket their devices.

The attacker got away before the police arrived. Officials say they’re still searching for the suspect with who has a neck tattoo and jacket with lettering on it, which could be pretty much anyone in Williamsburg.