updated 11/22/2009 5:04:20 PM ET 2009-11-22T22:04:20

A subway passenger was stabbed to death in front of horrified riders in a dispute with another man over a seat in the car in midtown Manhattan, police said.

The victim, identified as 36-year-old Dwight Johnson of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at the Seventh Avenue station at West 53rd Street, where the train stopped after the attack at about 2 a.m. Saturday. He was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and face with a knife, police said.

He had boarded the train at the Rockefeller Center station, police said.

Gerardo Sanchez, 37, was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the slaying on the northbound "D" train, police said.

It was not immediately clear late Saturday night whether Sanchez had an attorney. There was no home phone number listed for Sanchez at an address provided by police. Sanchez had not been arraigned on the charges as of Sunday afternoon.

Brother: Suspect was on medication
His brother, Louis Sanchez, told the New York Daily News that Gerardo Sanchez recently had been hurt in a workplace accident and was taking medication.

A train conductor alerted workers at a rail control center, who called authorities about the fight.

Sanchez was standing over the bloodied victim when the train doors opened at the Seventh Avenue station, police said.

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