Man charged with biting, choking good Samaritan in subway attack

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A 44-year-old Manhattan man was charged Sunday with biting and choking a good Samaritan who tried to stop him from harassing a straphanger on the subway.

Billy Torres was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing for the disturbing attack on an uptown D train at Columbus Circle around 5 p.m. Saturday. 

The weapon charge was for a box cutter he allegedly used to threaten someone during the underground chaos, according to police. 

The 20-year-old good Samaritan who intervened was treated at a hospital for his injuries, police said.

Torres was expected to be arraigned Sunday for the attack, which came just a day after four people were slashed and one was punched at three Manhattan stations in a 12-minute span.

Torres’ rap sheet includes a 2010 bust for allegedly assaulting a neighbor who ended up getting an order of protection against him, police sources told The Post.

The then-45-year-old neighbor had told police that he complained about a condom being left on the floor — prompting Torres to allegedly attack him, leaving a welt on his head, the sources said.

Torres’ current address is listed at Kenmore Hall on East 23rd Street in Gramercy, a former hotel that now provides permanent housing for low-income people out of city shelters or with special needs.

He is “known throughout the neighborhood as being a problem,” fellow resident Richard Feldman, 60, told The Post about his “loud and crazy” neighbor.

“I try to mind my own business and stay away from him, but it’s hard not to notice him because he’s often causing a scene or getting in an argument or making a lot of noise early in the morning,” Feldman complained.

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