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Hasuan Fernandez found by his compatriot Ronny Jaramillo, arrested

A lopsided subway passenger accused of threatening other passengers with a large knife on a Manhattan subway on Tuesday afternoon was later arrested thanks to a quick-thinking junkie who reported police.

Hasuan Fernandez, 48, allegedly acted erratically and threatened commuters with a 10-inch blade aboard a Downtown 1 train that had just left Chambers Street Station in Tribeca around 3:30 p.m., police say and Ronny Jaramillo – the man who helped bring the suspect into custody.

“The guy was on the train – he wasn’t on my train [car] – but he began to attack people; he started hitting the walls,” Jaramillo, 36, recalled in an interview with The Post.

Two men attempted to arrest Fernandez, Jaramillo said, but after the suspect “pulled a knife” everyone fled to Jaramillo’s car.

The suspect then followed the terrified runners into the adjacent car, according to the witness.

“Everyone tried to get as far away from him as possible,” Jaramillo said. “He was waving the knife at everyone.”

Fernandez eventually left the train and Franklin Street station with Jaramillo on his trail.

Jaramillo, a Park Slope restaurateur who is opening a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca, said he was able to track the suspect thanks to his distinctive red backpack.

Two people attempted to arrest the suspect, but after he “draw a knife” everyone in the adjacent car fled.
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“I called the cops and started following him because I was afraid he was going to another station and he might start stabbing people now,” he told the Post.

An NYPD van pulled up right away and Jaramillo said he got in and drove them to Fernandez, several blocks away.

“I jumped in the car and followed the trail where he was walking so I could identify him. So they grabbed him straight away and he was arrested.

Fernandez was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, threatening and disorderly conduct, police said.

No one was injured in the chilling incident, police said.

Jaramillo’s heroic actions came a week after a gunman terrorized dozens of Brooklyn straps and evaded cops for more than a day before walking into an East Village McDonalds.

New York Post

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