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Man with syrup-coated machete causes stir in subway station

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In an incident at the 50th Street and 8th Avenue subway station, officers conducting a routine inspection encountered a man exhibiting erratic behavior on the southbound mezzanine platform.

The individual was observed carrying what appeared to be a machete, its blade ominously smeared with what looked like blood.

The man, identified as Justin Wojno, 43, was swiftly apprehended without resistance by law enforcement. He now faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

However, the situation took a bizarre turn upon closer examination: the red substance on the blade was not blood but rather, syrup.

Wojno, who reportedly has a history of run-ins with the law dating back to 1999, including prior arrests for domestic violence assault and burglary, caught the attention of officers due to his suspicious conduct. The discovery of the syrup-coated machete dispelled initial concerns of a violent altercation or crime scene, though it did not lessen the gravity of the situation for commuters and authorities involved.

The incident underscores the tense environment within New York City’s public transportation system, where security remains a paramount concern. Eyewitnesses expressed relief that the situation was defused swiftly, with no injuries reported and the suspect in custody.

Transit authorities have not commented on any specific motivations behind Wojno’s actions or the presence of the machete.

  1. The NYPD investigation into the incident is ongoing, with further details expected to emerge in the coming days.

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