The 16-year-old girl suspected of fatally stabbing an ex-con lashed out after he and a bevy of men chased her onto a Queens subway train and tried to fondle her, her mother said Friday. Thomas Winston, 29, and a pack of thugs tried to pull Cyan Brown out of a subway car at the 21st St.-Queensbridge station about 9 p.m. Thursday following an altercation that began outside a nearby chicken restaurant, police and family said.
She fought back and stabbed Winston before she fled on a Manhattan-bound F train, police said. Winston, the father of a 10-month-old girl,was pronounced dead at a Manhattan hospital. Although police have not disclosed any official suspects, Brown’s family said detectives have been trying to contact the girl in connection with Winston’s death. “The guys tried to feel up my daughter and the next thing I know, someone was knocking on my door saying Cyan stabbed someone,” said Erika Brown, 40, the teen’s mother.
Winston, who lived in a nearby shelter, had a long list of prior convictions that included criminal possession of a weapon and selling narcotics and also faced an attempted murder charge, sources said. But Winston’s cousin Tedra Laws, 31, said he was never in the subway station, but was trying to catch a cab to bring a present to his daughter. “We can’t answer why she would stab him,” she said of the teen. “She had a history of stabbing people. If you had an argument with her, she’d stab you.” Hours after the Queens slaying, Kendell Witherspoon, 20, was stabbed in his back at an East New York apartment, police said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Brookdale University Hospital.
There was also a stabbing in front of the Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church near 56th St. in midtown, where witnesses said one homeless man knifed another in the chest and face during an argument.
Man, we gotta stop this violence. This ish is getting waaaay out of hand.