A dispute between two next-door neighbors at an SRO at 319 West 94th street early Saturday sent one resident to the hospital with stabbing wounds and another to jail.
The story behind the dispute is somewhat strange and began when management of the SRO placed a sticker on the 47-year-old victim’s door claiming he owed back rent. The victim accused his next-door neighbor, 46-year-old Benjamin Riley, of “messing with the sticker,” said Captain Timothy Malin of the 24th precinct. From there, it escalated. “They get into an argument, it gets so heated that Riley hits him with a frying pan and stabs him with a nail,” said Malin. The head wound was a “big scary wound,” said Malin. The wounds to his torso were apparently not as severe.
Police were called at 1:35 a.m. and found the victim in the hallway.
Police charged Riley with first degree assault, although the DA will make the final decision on charges.
The victim was in stable condition at St. Luke’s, Malin said.