Cooper said he was wearing headphones and did not hear outside noise, but saw the man aiming a knife, which he described as carrying a 2- to 3-inch blade and a wooden handle.
Cooper ran and jumped on a turnstile inside the station, then ran to the entrance, where he was able to exit.
“I just started booking, just started running,” he said. “I jumped over the revolving door, hid around the white tiled entrance to the subway (and) took out my phone. He (the suspect) jumped and ran away. I took a picture of him, then chased him up the stairs. He started running on Seventh Avenue.”
He said he was able to take two more photos of the man and then reported the incident to a nearby police officer.
Then he had to go pick up his daughter from school and added that he became very comfortable in the city.
“My goalkeeper has fallen,” he added. “I realized I got way too comfortable in this city.”