Photo by Liuba Grechen Shirley.
A man was stabbed around 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday at 95th street and West End Avenue, according to NYPD. We have heard from several locals that the victim was the superintendent at the Pomander Walk housing development nearby.
A 26-year-old man stabbed and slashed a 51-year-old man with a kitchen knife near 702 West End Avenue, according to an NYPD detective acting as spokesman for the department. Two police officers on a routine patrol came upon the scene and apprehended the man as he tried to flee, the spokesman said. It’s not clear what led to the stabbing, and police had not charged the man as of 6:20 p.m. “We’re interviewing the suspect,” the spokesman said.
Update: An NYPD spokesman told us at 10:45 p.m. that the assailant has been arrested but no charges had been filed yet and they did not release his name.
Second Update: Police have arrested Jairo DeLeon for the stabbing. We have the full story here.
The victim apparently has lacerations to his right arm, and was listed in stable condition. He was transported to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
Police told one witness it appeared to be a “random” attack and that the two men did not appear to know each other.
This is a developing story and we will hopefully have more information soon. We will update as we learn more. This is from our original report:
Gothamist initially reported that the victim was in serious condition:
“Details are still emerging, but according to an FDNY spokesperson, the incident happened just before 2 p.m. at the corner of West 95th Street & West End Avenue. They say the victim has been transported to St. Luke’s Hospital; he is said to be in serious condition.”
We have heard from multiple people that the victim was the super from Pomander Walk, but we haven’t gotten police confirmation. Early reports from one witness that it might be the super at 710 West End Avenue were incorrect. This photo shows the victim.
That is indeed one of the supers for Pomander Walk, and I know him well. He is such a good man. I am in complete shock. Please do keep us updated on his condition if you get more details.
Please keep us informed!!! I cannot believe this!!!!
Thoughts and prayers with the victim, and fervent hope that the perp is apprehended quickly.
This is the kind of reminder of my childhood that I can definitely do without.
Just terrible, hoping for a full recovery.
A minor point of correction:
702 West End Avenue is at 94th Street, not 95th…
The address is wrong because the picture (with blood) clearly shows 95th/WEA in the photo.
The address is correct. He was stabbed on the corner of WEA & 94th street. He was able to make it to the corner of WEA & 95th before collapsing, leaving a trail of blood from 94th to 95th streets.
Thanks. The incident appears to have occurred between 94th and 95th (the person who took the photo above had said 95th), but we’re trying to get more exact information.
Better ban knives in NYC.
Better yet, arm everyone with assault rifles with no background checks.
Perhaps we need to ask Mayor Di Blasio why there are two homeless shelters reputed to house mentally unstable substance abusers on a block with an elementary school at the corner of 95th and WEA.
Deirdre -the question should be to Linda Rosenthal and Gail Brewer who sponsored and passed the bill that outlawed SRO hotels from running at nightly hotels.
The owners of the buildings – who are truly gross bad bad landlords – upgraded the buildings as affordable youth hostels, but that was against the agenda of the lefties, so they passed this law thinking it would turn back the clock to SROs only – instead another City Agency (under court order to house everyone who demands housing no matter where they are from) during Bloomberg administration cut a deal with the Landlord (you can’t make this stuff up) to warehouse hundreds of vagrants for $3000+ per month per head.
Those are the facts. Others who back those politicians who say otherwise on this board. The facts are the facts.
He is too busy sleeping and playing Robin Hood to deal with important issues like that
Deirdre – shouldn’t you have been asking Mayor Bloomberg that when the properties were first let out to the City for housing the homeless? While your comment isn’t as critical of the Mayor as others I’ve seen on this site, it always astonishes me how many posters think things just turned on a dime when DeBlasio became mayor a year ago. The City is an awfully big ship, and real trends develop slowly, whether for better or for worse, in as large, complicated and messy a city as ours. Give the Mayor some time and, better yet, get involved rather than just complain. Community groups have been doing what they can to address the problems at that location from day one – have you put your shoulder into it too, or are you just heckling from the peanut gallery?
AndyDee says: “it always astonishes me how many posters think things just turned on a dime when DeBlasio became mayor a year ago. The City is an awfully big ship, and real trends develop slowly”
Of course this is true — unless we’re talking about
— halting “Stop/Question/Frisk” “on a dime”, so that now people can walk our streets with weapons (like, umm, a knife…) without fear of being found out
— handing over $41 Million of our tax dollars, “on a dime”, to the five innocents who confessed to rape but then, umm, changed their minds
— telling the police, “on a dime”, to ignore crimes committed in plain sight as long as the perpetrator is found to be violating the law by carrying “only” a large baggie of an illegal substance.
But getting the hundreds of homeless, many of them said to be psychotic, who were dumped in our midst — “on a dime” — under control? Heavens no, Bill’s too busy for that! That sort of thing takes Time!
Let’s all be careful out there, folks. The current City administration has other interests than our safety.
I need a “Like” button for Cato’s comment. Get on this West Side Rag.
yes, De Blasio and the NYPD don’t care about public safety at all! and the fact that crime is down is just some sort of coincidence.
you mash up all sort of myths and mis-information above, and it would take too long to untangle it. But one point really jumps out. The Central Park Five were wrongly convicted, steamrolled, and were scared teenagers at the time. They spent decades in jail for a crime they did not commit. There was evidence at the time that showed this. But it was not taken into account by the DA.
I guess you feel comfortable mocking this injustice. i wonder why.
I was picking up my children from school at ps75 at 2:15 and the east side of WEA between 94-95th was taped off. It appears that it happened closer to 94th.
I walk on that block every day on my way to/from work and this morning I noticed brown/red blood spatters in front of 702 and 704 WEA, which is nearer to 94th. But the Gothamist photo clearly shows crime tape at 95th and WEA. Perhaps the victim was running down the block trying to escape which would explain why the exact location is hard to determine…
i’m glad the victim seems to be recovering.
it’s incredible that some people attempt to politicize tragic crimes.
by the way, one of the two homeless shelters on W. 95th Street was closed last month.
And surprising that WSR didn’t publish anything about the closing of one of the Freedom Houses. Given the amount of interest in this issue I would have expected to hear about it here.
We’re planning to publish an update about it. We first wrote about that here: https://www.westsiderag.com/2014/04/14/dhs-to-cut-95th-street-homeless-shelter-population-by-half
Thanks Avi, looking forward to it.
…there are two homeless shelters reputed to house mentally unstable substance abusers on a block with an elementary school at the corner of 95th and WEA”
I think this is a very important observation. Does anyone know how the teachers/supervisors aware of potential risks?
Why are folks discussing the shelter again? While it popped into my mind as well, we don’t know if the perp was a resident there.
FYI, my mailman told me he heard the perp was from the shelter. However, I do not know if his information was accurate, or for that matter, the source of his information. I’m not coming to any conclusions about it yet. Whomever the perp is, this is a terrible incident, and I hope the victim recovers soon.
No denying now that the shelter has DIRECTLY affected the safety and quality of life in the W90s. This gang member was in the neighborhood visiting his mom at the Freedom House before stabbing this poor guy.
Jairo Deleon, 26
Deleon, who police said was known to members of the Dominican gang “Don’t Play” as “Little Owl,” was charged by police with assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
He has 29 prior arrests, police said.
“In his mind, [Deleon] believed that the victim had robbed his own mother. That never happened,” Captain Marlon Larin, the commanding officer of the 24th Precinct, said.
Deleon lives in Brooklyn and visits his mother at Freedom House, the controversial homeless shelter at 316 West 95th Street, where she is a resident, Larin said.
Not challenging you but am curious: Where did you get this info?
Never mind. I take back my question: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141113/upper-west-side/ex-con-gang-member-charged-west-end-avenue-stabbing-police-say
We reported similar info here: https://www.westsiderag.com/2014/11/13/gang-member-with-long-rap-sheet-arrested-for-stabbing-worker-on-west-end-police
I just heard the same from my doorman, he told me that I’ve probably seen this guy 100 times.
Is it possible they aren’t releasing the fact that he’s from the shelter due to all the controversy surrounding Freedom House? Put on your tin foil hats!
I’m curious as to why this 26 year old “suspect” hasn’t been named nor charged yet.
An excellent point. Assuming the perp came from one of the local homeless shelters is clearly based on unfair, inappropriate stereotyping.
After all, the perp could just as easily have walked over from the NYCHA Housing Projects, right?
those are the only two possibilities you can think of? as someone noted in a previous thread, that actually says a lot about you.
You’re right Bruce. An evil luxury condo owner is far more likely to be the attacker. Or a market-rate renter with access to amenities. They must be stopped!
That’s great, guys…real tasteful…the photo of a blood spattered sidewalk. What is the point or value? Does someone think s/he is Weegee?
Glad to see there’s at least one other reader who had this reaction.
Thanks for posting.
so sorry to hear of this awful attack, we wish Jaime a speedy recovery – resident of pomander walk
As a resident of Pomander Walk I would like to add to the story of the stabbing of one of our supers. The assailant was stopped by a senior citizen from the Williams Residence. When the cops started after the assailant, the senior citizen put out his cane and tripped the knifer allowing the cops to catch up with and apprehend him. We need to give credit to the seniors in this neighborhood and keep bicycles off the sidewalks so they are safe to be on the streets.
Thank you for sharing this information.
Isn’t it worthy of a post unto itself on this blog?