Man slashed in face on Manhattan subway — then punched by stranger drawn into fight

Wes Parnell and John Annese, New York Daily News
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A dialysis patient was slashed in the face after getting into an argument with a hate-spewing maniac on a Manhattan subway train — and was then sucker-punched by a stranger who got involved, cops said.

Luis Andino, 53, was heading home after picking up food for his daughter when he saw the man yelling “I’m gonna punch a Mexican! I don’t like Spanish people!” at the 14th St. and Sixth Ave. station about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Andino, who was sitting on a bench, said he told the man off, but the ranting straphanger then tried to punch him. Andino lifted his arm and blocked the blow and said, “I let you have that one,” he said.

Andino, who is 6-foot-3, said he called the man a coward for landing a punch as Andino was sitting.

Both got on an uptown 4 train, and the stranger took another swing, Andino said. They struggled, and Andino said just as he had the man in a hold, the assailant whipped out a knife and slashed Andino in the face.

Andino recalled thinking “Whose blood is that?” — before realizing it was his own. When the train pulled into Grand Central station, the attacker ran, cops said.

Andino’s nightmare wasn’t over.

Benigno Perez, 37, allegedly sucker-punched Andino in the face before trying to flee, cops said. Perez also allegedly tried to take Andino’s cell phone, but a good Samaritan intervened, holding Perez until police arrived. Perez, who lives in Harlem, was charged with assault. Medics took Andino to Bellevue Hospital.

“I feel like I’m a lucky man, though, because it could have been worse. It could have definitely been the worst thing in my life,” Andino said.

Andino’s step-daughter, Hillary Mogollone, 21, a college student who’s been living with Andino for over 10 years and thinks of him as a father, said she had a bad feeling when Andino didn’t come home right after his dialysis appointment.

“Late last night, after he got out from dialysis, he was supposed to come home and he was taking a while. I felt like something was going on, like something pretty serious was going on for him to take this long,” she said.

“It’s a tough situation for our family in general for him to experience this. I’m still in shock but he’s like ‘Oh, it’s fine, don’t worry about it.’”

Mogollone said she was just happy to have him home.

“This morning he was on the couch so I hugged him and said I’m so sorry, crying and saying can’t believe this happened.”

“He literally came home, he took the train and came home like nothing happened,” she marveled.

The attack comes as NYC subways have seen a spate of violence. On Thursday, a 40-year-old woman was pushed into an on coming train by a homeless person. She miraculously survived.

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