Police Looking for Suspect in Deli Stabbing


A surveillance image of the man police are looking for.

A 71-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed early on Saturday inside a deli on 94th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, police said.

The incident occurred at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday at Westside Deli, 700 Amsterdam Avenue. It’s not clear what precipitated the stabbing. The assailant showed the victim a weapon and then stabbed him in the chest three times, police said. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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. SadforUWS says:

      pro tip: don’t go to manhattan delis at 1:50 in the morning.

    2. LYJ says:

      This is yet another somber reminder of our devastating reality of uncontrolled crime raging n our streets. Our personal safety has been neglected and completely discarded by the city. Debalsio wasted our tax payers money on useless “social” pet projects, helping, if at all, only a few minority groups, and abandoned the vast quite majority of the residents. Our own personal safety and our basic fundamental right to walk freely in our street without fear outweigh and supersede deblasio pet projects from housing, to free education, useless cosmetics never-ending asphalt replacements, etc..which grew exponentially during his colossal fiasco tenure. Hope the next mayor will put he value of human life as a first priority and will ensure to increase the funding of the police and all law enforcement agencies and will provide them with the required legislative protection to enable them to do their job properly without fear; so deterrence and safety are restored.

      • daniel malisky says:

        to LYJ …amen brother….or sister….amen

      • Sarah says:

        “Pet projects” like housing and education…when society collapses around you, you’ll deserve it. Unfortunately, everyone else won’t.

      • Gregory Brown says:

        If you think Deblasio is the reason for crime, google crime in the other 49 states.It’s a national epidemic that covers all races.There used to be over 2000 murders a year in NYC.

    3. SB says:

      This deli is a major problem in the neighborhood, unfortunately I’m not surprised in the least. I hope the victim is on the mend and doing well. The owners are pleasant, but the combination of cheap beer, open air drug sales run out of the flower stall out front, and scaffolding all up and down 94th between Amsterdam and Broadway makes for a particularly unsavory situation. If you see someone passed out with a couple cans of Crazy Horse in the area, chances are pretty good that they picked them up here, and probably verbally abused the owner while doing so. Yesterday (Sunday) morning I saw a cop standing in front of the deli for the very first time, this explains why. It’s like the NYPD is willfully ignorant of the whole situation until there’s unignorable violence.

      • Just Sayin says:

        Yep, this deli is shady particularly at night. You’ve summed it up well.

      • Tipping Point says:

        It’s amazing that the drug sales are so well known by the community and yet the police don’t seem to get involved. A friend lived around the corner 10 years ago and he used to warn me to avoid that deli because of all of the drug dealing.

        While I am quick to blame the current mayor for a lot of the deterioration of late, in this case there is a more nuanced story here. For some reason, NYPD largely turns a blind eye to the drug dealing from this deli’s corner.

        Now that would be a great Rag story; just be careful!!

        • RAL says:

          hell, that corner has been drug dealing corner since I moved here in the early 1990s – so no doubt for years before that too. Yep all the residents sure know it – but actually selling out of the flower store out front – hadn’t. noticed that one – do we laugh or cry

    4. Tara says:

      Isn’t this where someone was shot basically a year ago to the day? That corner is a problem.

    5. RWC says:

      I live around the corner and in the neighborhood since 1983.
      This corner is a very well known drug selling and buying hang out. I see people selling and buyers there all hours day and night when ever I walk past.

      Police should always be there patrolling this corner to eradicate this problem that has been a danger to the Community too long.

      • Nevets K says:

        The police are in a slowdown.
        That should be obvious to everyone.
        It began with the BLM protests and with a few citizens calling for the “defunding” of the police.
        Maybe within a few months the police will have finally worked out their anger and their sense of grievance (I wish I could that on MY JOB!) and begin to enforce a few more laws.

        • Tipping Point says:

          The police have been turning a blind eye to drug dealing at that deli for at least a decade and from some of the comments, it would appear for much longer. I don’t see how this fits into the recent “slowdown” narrative. It has been well known for years that that deli has provided a cover for drug sales on that corner. Very strange.

        • sean says:

          Totally I agree! Police used to be all over the UWS.. pre-pandemic.. I think there is backlash & resentment from police departments— I virtually see no cop cars anywhere— not driving around or stopped on a street corner to let people know they are here: sometimes the site of a police car stops lots of illegal actions. Even in the park, i have witnessed bikes fly through red lights, buuut, every once an awhile there would be a cop car…
          at bottom of strawberry fields, and funny how the bikes would all stop when the car was there..

          What are they doing now? They can at least sit in their car? Is this retribution on some level, cause I am sure we are still paying their salaries and pensions..

          So, the least they could do is sit in their cars— it makes a difference…

          signed,

          been here for four decades