Man Stabs Westside Market Employee Over Laundry Detergent, Police Say

Police are looking for the man shown in surveillance footage above for an alleged stabbing inside West Side Market on Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets on Sunday. The police description is below:

On Sunday, January 5, 2020 at approximately 0325 hours, inside 2589 Broadway (Westside Market), an unidentified male entered the location, proceeded to remove laundry detergent from the shelves and attempted to exit the market without paying for the merchandise. A 31-year-old male employee confronted him, at which time the male produced a sharp object and caused a small puncture wound to the employee’s left shoulder. The male fled southbound on Broadway into the subway station with three bottles of detergent. The employee was not seriously injured and refused medical attention.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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    1. stu says:

      Ultimately, is it worth it for these stores to remain open 24-7, considering the risks? How many people are shopping between 2 and 5 AM?

      Laundry detergent — specifically Tide — is actually a big theft problem. Many stores keep it behind lock and key! Is Tide that much better than other brands???

    2. Beverly says:

      Ban knives

    3. Mary says:

      Are you sure it was a man? Looks like they are carrying a shoulder bag and looking at the legs and feet it may be a woman.

      • LK says:

        You are onto something!

      • Carolyn says:

        I was unable to enlarge the photo enough to see the patch/logo on the left sleeve, or whether or not the bright spot on the right ear was an earring or not. Yes, the feet and head tilts are interesting, but the logos on the hat and sleeve, and the right ear, would be helpful.
        That the store is open all night is a great gift to the neighborhood, I think: more traffic is better than less, and it makes the immediate neighborhood safer, so thank you WSM.

    4. Wake up says:

      It’s never enough to remind everyone here that it’s not the store’s fault – “of course they got robbed, they dared to be open at 3am!”
      It’s not by surrending our freedom to come and go at anytime of the day that this will get fixed. It’s by punishing the perps, not by locking US up at home overnight while they do whatever they please anywhere.
      The solution is not to close the store, is to arrest this criminal. And, of course, with no bail…

      • EricaC says:

        I have my reservations about the extent of the bail reform, and I’m glad it is to be revisited. But the number of baseless objections to it suggests there is something other than a substantive concern underlying the objections of many commenters.

        This is not a non-violent offense. It would not be changed by bail reform.

        What was intended to be changed is situations in which people without money who shoplift or sell illegal cigarettes or the like end up losing their jobs and sometimes their lives for things that people with money pay a fine and get off. What is a meaningless fine for a minor crime to someone with a bit of money can wind up as a multi-year sentence and a broken life to someone who is already poor. It isn’t fair. And since poverty and race are so highly correlated, it increases racial disparities. If you don’t get directly involved in these cases, it may be hard to comprehend how this happens, but it is fundamentally unjust that a rich person’s punishment is a minor inconvenience while a poor person’s punishment for the same thing is to lose everything, including sometimes their lives (jail does bad things to people’s’ minds).

        And if money is all you care about, it costs millions to taxpayers.

        It needs to be fixed. The law seems to have been badly done and there is discussion of fixing it. I hope they do.

        Someone who stabs someone is, by definition, not committing a non-violent offense. A different kettle of fish.

    5. Gerry valentine says:

      Tide has been around since the 1950s, maybe earlier. It is one of the pricier detergents. Guess it has good resale value and it is a status symbol. When we got a high efficiency machine, tide was highly recommend Ed over other h e detergents. you do not want oversudsing in your machine.

    6. Handsome City Man says:

      How Tide Detergent Became a Drug Currency – http://nymag.com/news/features/tide-detergent-drugs-2013-1/