The fatal stabbing of a man outside of a New York mini-mart was captured in shocking surveillance video.
The 36-year-old suspect was captured at the scene after allegedly stabbing the 31-year-old victim Thursday as he sat outside of a Brooklyn bodega, the New York Post reported.
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Video footage showed the victim, sitting on a crate outside the store, and the suspect who began to argue with him around 6:50 a.m. The suspect was then seen standing over the victim in a menacing way.
The attacker then stabs the man in the chest, leaving him stunned as he staggered into the street holding his wound. The suspect continued to appear aggressive in the video, as if he were planning to strike again at the victim who eventually fell to the ground in front of a cab. The killer was then seen on the video walking away.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, later died at Coney Island Hospital, police said. Charges against the suspect who was apprehended by police were pending. He told authorities he was trying to defend himself after the victim allegedly robbed him, the Post reported.
Angel Reyes, a local resident, was able to view the video footage when employees were reviewing the tape.
“There was a man sitting on the crate, and [the assailant] took out a pocket knife and stabbed him without saying anything,” the 26 year-old said, according to the Post. “They started having a conversation and then the victim collapsed across the street.”
“I was scared and sad when I watched the video,” Reyes added. “It’s heartbreaking.”
An employee said he had seen the suspect before as he often came into the store.
“I knew the guy who stabbed him. He would come in sometimes,” Ali Ali, 24, said. “I saw on the video, I saw him on the corner stabbing the guy.”
A man named Ron told the Post the attacker was a known drug user and had mental health issues.
“He was a drug addict. He would take crystal meth,” Ron said. “He was crazy in the head. He would hang out around this neighborhood. He had an accent. I think he was Eastern European.”
The investigation is ongoing, according to the Post.
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