D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment in Unprovoked Attack on an MTA Worker

January 11, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of STANLEY LAFLEUR, 35, for an unprovoked attack on an MTA train dispatcher in the 14th Street/8th Avenue station in December 2022. LAFLEUR is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree.[1]

“Stanley Lafleur allegedly assaulted an unarmed MTA dispatcher who was merely doing his job,” said District Attorney Bragg. “We owe a lot to the hardworking members of the MTA for keeping our city moving and they deserve a safe working environment. We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to keep our transit system safe.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on December 20, 2022, at approximately 1:48 a.m., LAFLEUR entered the dispatcher’s office, which was unlocked, inside the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway station. LAFLEUR struck the victim with a crowbar in the head and body, causing lacerations that required stiches.

 LAFLEUR then left with the victim’s phone and bag and was eventually found hiding underneath a subway car stopped at the station.  

Assistant D.A. Lucy Nicholas is handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Shira Arnow and Stuart Silberg (Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 30), Erin Tierney (Chief of Trial Bureau 30), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division).

 D.A. Bragg thanked Trial Preparation Assistant Eli Horgan, along with the police officers from Transit Division District 2 and the 6th Precinct.

Defendant Information:

Brooklyn, New York

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.