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Police arrest subway ‘ninja’ who attacked rice cooker bomber


A man described as a “ninja” who allegedly attacked a straphanger with a sword scabbard on a Manhattan subway train on Thursday has been arrested, police said.

Selwyn Bernardez was arrested on Friday afternoon at the corner of Lispenard Street and West Broadway in Lower Manhattan, less than half a mile from where he allegedly hit his 29-year-old victim on the head with the weapon locked up, the NYPD said.

The 27-year-old man from Brooklyn has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment for his alleged crime.

The man Bernardez allegedly attacked happened to be Larry Griffin II, who is on parole for leaving at least two rice cooker bombs in the Fulton Street tube station in 2019.

Griffin followed Bernardez on a northbound A train as it approached Chambers Street station and got into a fight with him at 9:30 a.m., law enforcement sources told the Post.

The two men got off and Bernardez allegedly hit Griffin in the head, leaving him with a deep gash, police and sources said.

Bernardez, who was wearing an all-black outfit, hat and sunglasses, fled the scene, leaving his gun behind.

Selwyn Bernardez has been identified as the “ninja” of the subway.

Larry Griffin II sits in the back of an ambulance.

Larry Griffin II suffered a severe gash and was taken to hospital.


The sheath left behind.

Bernardez allegedly hit Griffin with the sheath and fled the scene.


Mayor Eric Adams said the ordeal was an example of the city’s ongoing mental health crisis.

“When you do an analysis of the crimes on the subway that we see, you find that they are motivated by people with mental health issues,” Adams said Thursday.

“If you’re wearing a ninja outfit and running with a sword, then something’s wrong.”

Police have not disclosed what sparked the argument between Bernardez and Griffin.

New York Post

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