New York man hospitalized for gang-related stabbing in broad daylight

On Saturday morning, a man was repeatedly stabbed during an altercation in Times Square as the city prepared for its annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

The incident took place at the corner of 7th Avenue and 40th Street, a short distance from One Times Square, at 11 am. It involved a man believed to be homeless and another man believed to have known each other.

The 41-year-old victim, whose name has not been publicly identified, was stabbed multiple times in his torso and back. He was then taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable but serious condition. According to police, the victim flagged down a police cruiser and was leaning on it when he bled onto the vehicle.

According to police sources, the victim of the stabbing has not provided any information about the incident or the identity of the attacker to investigators. However, photographs from the scene show blood on the hood of a police patrol car and on the ground near the entrance to the Times Square subway station.

The perpetrator fled the scene and has not yet been arrested. He is described as a man in his 20s with a possibly dark complexion, wearing a black jacket and black pants.

It is not clear what the argument between the victim and the suspect was about. However, the authorities are adamant that the incident was not related to the New Year’s celebrations in Times Square and was simply a dispute between the two individuals.

According to the police, the victim of the stabbing has a history of criminal activity and has been arrested over 25 times. The altercation is believed to be related to gang activity.

Increasing rate of gang violence

Prior to the incident, the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced that it had been taking several safety measures ahead the New Year’s Eve. It is expecting a large crowd in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, despite the rainy weather.

The NYPD has also provided information on road closures in the area and has reminded the public that certain items are prohibited, including umbrellas, backpacks and large bags, lawn chairs, coolers, and alcohol. It was a regular New Year’s Eve preparation, but multiple violent incidents happened anyway within the area.

Major crimes in New York City have increased by 23% this year, with carjackings, robberies, and burglaries contributing to the rise. Many of these crimes are being committed by repeat offenders, according to police.

There has also been a double-digit decrease in the number of shootings and murders in the city. Gang and crew disputes, fueled by social media and music videos, are believed to be responsible for much of this violence. In addition, some of these crimes were committed by youth and the trend just keeps increasing.

“It’s been fueled by gang and crew disputes, and a lot of that is fueled by social media. We see music videos sometimes fueling this violence, but we’ve also seen our gun arrests are at its highest level in 27 years,” Michael Lipetri, NYPD Chief of Crime Prevention Strategies.

Earlier on December 14, eleven members of the “Wash” street gang based in the Bronx, New York, were charged with racketeering and related violent offenses, including the murder of Tyrone Almodovar, who was shot to death in June 2020.

The members were also charged with multiple other violent crimes, “including attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, arising from three further shootings and one slashing” in the South Bronx between July 2020 and August 2022, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Handled by the United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman, five of the members were also charged for “their role in committing four robberies, two of which were carjackings.”