Man gets 10 years for repeatedly stabbing woman in subway hate crime in Brooklyn

Aleksejs Saveljevs
Photo credit Brooklyn DA's Office
By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after he stabbed a Black woman in the back at a subway station in Brooklyn.

On November 9, 2018, 34-year-old Aleksejs Saveljevs, 34,  attacked the 57-year-old woman who had just gotten off the Q train at Church Avenue, according to court documents.

"This defendant viciously assaulted a fellow subway rider for no other reason than the color of her skin—one of two unprovoked attacks he waged over the course of two days," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. "Acts of hate are not tolerated in Brooklyn, a place that prides itself on the diversity of its communities. I hope this sentence sends a clear message that racism and intolerance are unwelcomed here."

Saveljevs grabbed the victim from behind, repeatedly stabbing her shoulders and upper back.

A passerby intervened and helped the woman out of the station, officials said.

Saveljevs followed them both but later fled.

Once she was home, the victim spat up blood, not realizing she'd been stabbed but noticed blood on her sheets, according to officials.

One of her lungs had collapsed and she vomited when she tried to sleep.

The victim spent days hospitalized and after she was released, discovered a screwdriver that didn't belong to her inside of her bag after her release which police used to track down Saveljevs.

Saveljevs was originally charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime for the attack, prosecutors said.

Brooklyn DA Gonzalez also said also Saveljevs assaulted an off-duty police officer, leaving him with a broken cheekbone a day before the subway attack.

He also pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault in the vicious attack.

Saveljevs was sentenced to two to four years for that incident. Both sentences were ordered to run concurrently.