West Virginia man — who once allegedly put rice cooker bombs on subways — hit with sword sheath by ‘ninja’ on NYC train


A West Virginia man who once set off a panic in the Big Apple by allegedly planting rice cooker bombs in the subways was attacked by “a ninja” with a sword sheath on Lower Manhattan train Thursday morning, police and other sources said.

Larry Griffin II, 29 — who is on parole for the 2019 bomb scare —  followed the sword-sheath-wielding assailant into a northbound A train as it approached the Chambers Street Station and got into a dispute with him at 9:30 a.m., the sources said.

As the men got off the train, the attacker — who was wearing an all-black outfit, hat and sunglasses  — hit Griffin on top of the head with the encased weapon then dropped it and bolted, according to police.

The West Virginia man was attacked with a sword sheath at the Chambers Street station, police said.
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Police at the scene
Authorities investigate the scene.
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Griffin suffered a deep gash, was treated for injuries at the scene and taken to a hospital.

The attacker fled south out of the subway station, according to police, who were hunting for the suspect.

Mayor Eric Adams later linked the off-the-rails incident to the city’s mental health crisis.

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The alleged attacker was wearing an all-black outfit and hat.
The alleged attacker was wearing an all-black outfit and hat.

The alleged attacker was wearing an all-black outfit and hat.
The alleged attacker dropped the weapon and then bolted.

The alleged attacker was wearing an all-black outfit and hat.
No arrests have yet been made.

NYPD transit officers arrive at the scene of the assault on the Chambers Street Station.
NYPD transit officers arrive at the scene of the assault on the Chambers Street Station.
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“When you do an analysis of the subway crimes we are seeing, you are seeing it is driven by people with mental health issues,” Adams said at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn Thursday.

“If you got a ninja outfit on and you are running around with a sword, then something is wrong.”

In August 2019, Griffin was caught in surveillance camera footage leaving at least two rice cooker bombs in the Fulton Street subway station.

First responders treat the victim with bandages on his head.
First responders treated the victim with bandages on his head.
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The explosives didn’t go off but he was later charged with making false bomb threats and placed on parole.

At the time, NYPD sources described Griffin as emotionally disturbed.

He pleaded guilty to placing a false bomb in a mass transit center and was sentenced to two and a half years in state prison, with three years of post-release supervision in August 2020.

Griffin was also charged in 2017 for showing a video to a minor that involved him having sex with a chicken, police in West Virginia said after his 2019 arrest. 

Authorities are investigating what  provoked the subway train attack on Thursday.

The attacker was allegedly captured  in surveillance camera footage sporting a mustache, large headphones and iridescent sunglasses as he passed through a subway turnstile.  

No arrests had been made Thursday.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner


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