Man Stabbed After Verbal Dispute Near 97th and Broadway

By Joy Bergmann

A war of words became weaponized Tuesday afternoon when a 47-year-old man allegedly stabbed another 47-year-old man in the neck with a knife causing a laceration, an NYPD spokesperson said. The fight occurred around 12:52 p.m. near West 97th Street and Broadway. The victim was taken to the hospital; which hospital and the victim’s condition were not yet available, NYPD said.

A suspect was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody. NYPD identified him as Levon Grant; he lives at a nearby address.

Grant was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD said.

Update 8pm:  Both the suspect and the victim lived in the same building, Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi of the 24th Precinct told CB7 meeting attendees Tuesday evening.

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    1. Anthony says:

      So he stabbed a man in the neck and his charge is second degree assault?? It doesn’t say what he was stabbed with but if it was a knife how os that not attempted murder?

      • Joy Bergmann says:

        Thanks for reading. I added “with a knife” to the piece. Apologies for the omission.

      • Ethan says:

        NYC chronically under charges violent crimes as a way, in the immortal words of The Wire, juking the stats.

        Lower charges better crime stats, less bail set, less incarceration.

        Everybody wins. Except the victim and the rest of us. We’re hosed.

        • SadforUWS says:

          we deserve it. keep voting D.

        • Will says:

          Yeah but y’all don’t bring it to the police, you let them slide whenever it comes to this. Ray Kelly was notorious for juking stats but I never heard a peep from anyone other than Copwatch and a few other grassroots organizations. Local precincts would rather paint over graffiti for photos on twitter instead of stopping real and violent crime; it’s a shame.

        • Sarah says:

          Huh? DAs overcharge the average defendant. More potential jail time, more pressure to plead. No trial, no work for the DAs. If you never go to trial (the vast majority don’t), no need to worry about whether you can prove your case.

          • Peter says:

            I guess the recent ones must not be “average”?

            Are you a prosecutor? Data scientist? Judge? How do you determine what the appropriate charges are for each case, so you can determine what overcharging is – and then analyze averages? Any rigorous studies? Any rigorous studies not performed by some think tank hack with an agenda?

            Sounds like liberal garbage to me – while perpetrators are barely even detained after beating 80-yr-old women on the street.

    2. RAL says:

      that whole area near the subway is a disaster.

      • John M. says:

        Yes. A dangerous, blighted, unmanaged area of various men (and a few women) who live in the immediate vicinity and bring often loud, violent rhetoric, verbal threats, and actual physical violence to Broadway sidewalks and crosswalks-median benches, between W93–W100 Streets (at least). Police are often present, but obviously only AFTER they’re called, which is usually after an incident has occurred.
        Why are we so lucky as to have this MANY, almost constant, incidents in this area?

        • Jo Baldwin says:

          The police, like so many government organizations don’t pro-act, they re-act. If they were a permanent fixture in at these high crime areas they would be accused of by racial profiling or some other asinine thing. You know the bad guys do have rights that need protection. If they’re hassled some do-good group would pull out the megaphone.

    3. LivesOnUWS says:

      Nearby address? Like another poster mentioned. That whole section of Broadway is a disaster.

      All the permanent scaffolding, building construction, people selling food blocking narrow walkway. Cars running red lights to get to the highway. And the endless feel of depression era Bowery from “Nearby Address” residents has made walking in the neighborhood a dreary event. I am sure the local businesses aren’t happy about the state of 96th St. Broadway these days.

    4. John Porter says:

      Multiple police officers outside the building next to the pet store on west side of Broadway btw 100 and 101 around 1 PM yest. I think it’s govt assistance housing.

    5. SB says:

      Do we have an active community group or neighborhood organization that can work to do anything about this? Not a gossipy NextDoor or Facebook group, but an organization based in our area that can meet–virtually or in person–to make an action plan and make a difference?

      I wrote to Helen Rosenthal’s office about some of these issues recently and they were disappointingly unhelpful. Maybe if there were more of us making noise they’d have to listen up.

      I live nearby, and while this incident may have very well been the result of a brewing feud between neighbors, it has real ramifcations for our whole community. There’s no reason that walking home from the subway is a harrowing experience for so many.

      Every day there are a large number of relatively minor issues that really add up, and if they were addressed would immediately have a major positive effect on the area: loud, aggressive, alcohol-fueld gatherings on the median; hand-to-hand drug deals under the construction sheds; screaming fights at all hours; stumbling and passed out drug users and alcoholics; aggressive panhandling; incredibly sketchy dealings at the fleabag hotels; traffic violations; construction workers loitering on stoops smoking weed; rampant littering; robberies and flagrant shoplifting.

      The cops who are constantly loitering near the subway should put their phones down and patrol. Say hello. Be seen. Make contacts. If the issue is funding, let them demonstrate why they need more and what they will do with the additional money to make a real difference in our community. Otherwise the “defund” argument is looking better and better… if they can’t police our community then tap out, forefit the funding, let local groups organize and give it a shot.

    6. RobertB Klein says:

      What is it about that particular location B’way & 97th which has emerged as a recent hotbed of terrorism? Is it anti-semitic? Is it racist? It is such a conundrum that I wish someone would help seriously (not sarcastically)explain it. And what to do about it! More police presence ? More community outreach? Let’s please get serious.

    7. Pcnyc says:

      Well said, SB.
      All along Broadway – from the 70s on north – is a gauntlet of loitering, chemical addiction, menacing and violence.
      Broadway is the new Bowery North.
      It’s heartbreaking…and dangerous.

    8. Anita says:

      That area is a well known hotbed of drug dealing and assaults. There needs to be more police stationed on the streets so people living here won’t be afraid to walk in their own community.

    9. Carol says:

      Why do some of the posts not have a “reply” button? Also, I’m seeing some racist comments targeting white men. I am fairly certain the same comment about any other race would not be tolerated.

      • Personally I’d also like the addition of a thumbs up/down button, so we’d get a feeling how readers judge the quality of the points made, get a deeper sense, if not of the neighborhood, then of the readership which of course is the cream of our neighborhood.

        PS- My posts aren’t always accepted, but at least they’re no longer simply disappearing at the very moment I offer them, so thanks for that.

      • Brandon says:

        Are you seriously whining about “reverse racism”?

    10. Christian says:

      I’m reasonably sure we can all agree that no one should be attacking anyone, and that there should be consequences for that conduct.

      We may disagree about the best consequences. Some say they have statistics to show that incarceration leads to higher recidivism. Some say that the only way to prevent recidivism is to lock up criminals for good. Some say that limiting judicial discretion leads to innocent people suffering. Some say that unlimited judicial discretion puts violent people on the streets. I could go on.

      There are points to be made all around. But if you treat someone who disagrees with you as if they’re in an enemy tribe, then readers who don’t already agree with you will resist your point.

    11. maria says:

      The streets need to be cleaned up. It’s horrifying the crime and filth that litter our once safe streets. In our quest to be fair and equitable we have unleashed criminals that act with abandon with little fear of any real consequences. Disgusting