An unidentified 37-year-old man was stabbed on Tuesday night in New York City after he confronted a man for not saying “thank you” for holding the door open for him.
An exchange of words inside a smoke shop escalated to shoving, and the two men spilled onto the street still fighting. When the victim punched the other man as he got on his e-bike, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the neck and abdomen.
The man then drove away on his e-bike, and he has yet to be apprehended by authorities.
Kharef Alsaidi, an employee at the smoke shop, witnessed the entire incident from behind the counter.
“It was just about not saying ‘thank you’ for opening the door for him,” Alsaidi said. “I did my best to de-escalate, but nothing worked.”
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Alsaidi told reporters about the moment the victim was stabbed.
“The victim started screaming, ‘He stabbed me! He stabbed me!'” recounted Alsaidi.
The victim stumbled into the store bleeding profusely. The ambulance quickly arrived and transported the man to New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, but it was too late.
The other man fled on his e-bike wearing a black sweater, white shirt, jeans, and a black backpack.
Authorities say they are still working to identify the victim’s family, so they can notify them of their loss.
Authorities are urging anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).