There were two stabbings this past week in the neighborhood, and arrests have been made in both of them, according to Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin of the 20th precinct.
On Tuesday night, a 39-year-old man was stabbed in front of 203 West 81st Street. The victim was wounded in the left flank, abdomen and scapular and received other lacerations, Malin wrote in an email. “He was aided by some good Samaritans on the scene, until a NYPD Emergency Service Unit came to help the victim with his injuries.” He’s now able to talk and was recently listed in stable condition.
“The parties are known to each other and have had an on-going dispute. When they passed each other, quick words were exchanged, and then the perpetrator pulled the knife and stabbed the victim.”
Krishna Cocco, a 41-year-old who lives in the neighborhood, was charged with first degree assault in the crime.
On Thursday night, a 59-year-old man was stabbed in the neck in Riverside Park around 83rd Street. Daniel Shasteen, a 34 year old was arrested for the stabbing. Both men appear to be homeless, Malin wrote. “The victim is in stable condition, but because of damage to his neck, he has yet to be able to speak. So we still don’t know the origin of the dispute.”