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” on a Manhattan train Thursday, authorities and police 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 allblack outfit, hat and sunglasses — hit Griffin on top of the head with the encased weapon then dropped it and bolted, according to police.
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.
Mayor Adams linked the incident to the city’s mental-health crisis.
“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 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 footage leaving at least two rice cooker bombs in the Fulton Street subway station. The explosives didn’t go off but he was later charged with making false bomb threats.
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 said.
Authorities are investigating what provoked the attack Thursday. The attacker was allegedly captured in surveillance footage sporting a mustache, large headphones and iridescent sunglasses.
No arrests had been made Thursday.