By Jeff Segall
Several readers expressed sympathy and good wishes in the comments section of the Rag for the manager of the West 91st Street D’Agostino supermarket, who was allegedly stabbed last month by an ex-employee.
The writer contacted the manager to find out what had happened and how the manager has been doing since the attack.
Russell Watson said his alleged assailant was a former employee, who had been fired a year ago by another manager, and was seen by others, for quite a while, wandering the aisles of the store, occasionally making small purchases. According to Mr. Watson, he had been involved with a female employee who worked in the the store, and that was why he was coming around and staying so long.
Mr. Watson said that he advised him “in as friendly a way as I could” that the store’s rules did not permit loitering, and then, the man became verbally abusive. When Mr. Watson told him he had to leave, things turned violent.
The alleged assailant struck him with a fist, in which he had concealed a knife that cut the manager above his left eye. Mr. Watson claims that when he tried to grab him, the alleged attacker inflicted additional wounds to Mr. Watson’s back. Mr. Watson said he hadn’t even understood that his face had been slashed until he felt the blood dripping into his eye.
He spent one night in Mt. Sinai West and has fully recovered and returned to work.
“He must have been going through some hard times,” Mr. Watson commented. He said he is happy to return to the store even after the attack. “It’s okay here. I love the people and the customers on the Upper West Side. As for the suspect, I’ll let the police deal with that.”
As of the morning of July 18, 2022, an NYPD spokesperson reported, “There are no arrests/updates at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.”