A group of four to six men were harassing the woman late Thursday night at a subway station at 21st Street and 41st Avenue when she pulled out a knife and stabbed Thomas Winston once in the chest, police said.
Responding to a 911 call at 8:43 p.m. Thursday, police found the fatally wounded Winston. Winston's aunt, Diane Greenspan, 40, said he lived in the Bronx.
Police said he had a long rap sheet of drug and weapons charges. Winston was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Sources said Winston had once been charged with attempted murder.
After a physical altercation, the group chased the woman into a Queens-bound F train and then pulled her off the train, police said. She then allegedly stabbed Winston on the subway platform, the group fled the scene and she is believed to have jumped onto a Manhattan-bound F train, police said. Police have not said what they believe caused the initial dispute, and no arrests have been made.
Greenspan, who lives in Long Island City, said reports that her nephew and the other men were harassing the woman were wrong.
"He wasn't with nobody," she said. "There's so many different stories. He was on his way to my house to see his child. The truth will come out."
Greenspan takes care of Winston's 10-month-old daughter and lives near the subway station where he was stabbed. She said she had no direct knowledge of the stabbing but had talked to people in the neighborhood.
Winston was looking for work, but his arrest record made it difficult, Greenspan said.
"He might have been in trouble before, but he was trying to get his life together for his child's sake," Greenspan said. "He just bought a decent shirt."