Subway Surfer Of Viral Video Fame Now Arrested For Knife Attack On Fellow Rider
Isaiah Thompson said the subway rider made unwanted eye contact with him.
Video of a man surfing the New York City subway went viral on social media earlier this summer ― but now, police say, the daredevil's antics have turned violent following an attack in Brooklyn.
Isaiah Thompson, 22, allegedly slashed the arm of a fellow rider at the A and C subway station at Jay Street on July 24.
Cops say Thompson attacked the straphanger he made unwanted eye contact with Thompson, according to the New York Daily News.
“Why are you watching me?” Thompson asked, according to police.
Thompson used a knife to slash the arm of the unnamed victim as he walked through the turnstyle, police say. He fled to the streets immediately after the assault.
Police released of photo of Thompson on July 28. He was arrested on August 8 on a felony assault charge.
Thompson had been cuffed earlier this summer on charges of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct after shocking footage of him riding the subway by holding onto the doors of the train car surfaced and went viral on social media, according to The Washington Post.
The footage showed Thompson standing on the outside of a Manhattan-bound C train clutching its doors at the Clinton-Washington Ave. stop on July 6. He rode the train in this position for over half a mile, and hopped off at Lafayette Ave.
Footage of the stunt posted to Instagram garnered over 40,000 views.
Matthew Beary, who recorded the viral video, recalled the scene with fascination.
“It gave me the feeling that he had done this before,” Beary told CBS New York. “As he rode down he pressed himself against the door tightly so that way he wouldn’t get hit by anything.”
The surfing stunts had landed Thompson in trouble with police four times in 2017, according to the New York Daily News.
At least 15 people have died in train surfing since 1989, according to MTA data cited by The News.
[Photo: Screenshot via Instagram]