Be sure to excuse yourself when you bump into someone, especially if that someone is 25-year-old Dina Saint-Fleur. Saint-Fleur allegedly stabbed a 24-year-old college student and her boyfriend as they left a Queens station in New York because the woman bumped into her on the train. Authorities believe the student did not intentionally bump into Saint-Fleur.
The incident knocked a third person down an escalator, witnesses and authorities said. The subway station is part of the Jamaica terminal, where passengers can connect to the Long Island Rail Road, the AirTrain to Kennedy Airport and to MTA buses. The three victims were treated for injuries at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
MTA police arrested Dina Saint-Fleur, 25, at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica. Injured in the knife attack were Rudy Antoine, 34, and Princess Allsop, 24, and escalator rider Andres Nova, 42. A preliminary police investigation indicated Allsop and boyfriend Antoine had had a dispute with Saint-Fleur on the J train, the MTA said. Leaving the medical center Wednesday afternoon, Allsop, of Far Rockaway, her arms bandaged, said she was helped by others, including Antoine, when Saint-Fleur began slashing at her with a 2-inch folding knife while they were on the escalator.
Allsop said she was walking up the escalator to leave the station on her way to Queensborough Community College, where she is a psychology student, and that Saint-Fleur, who was riding up the escalator, suddenly grabbed her by the jacket and said Allsop had bumped into her. Saint-Fleur slashed both Allsop and Antoine, who was on his way to work at a hospital, according to Allsop and the MTA. ”God bless her and give her some help,” Allsop said of the accused assailant.
Saint-Fleur was charged with three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree menacing and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the MTA said. The investigation is continuing, a spokeswoman said.