NEW YORK, NY – A Harlem fishmarket worker confronted by two unruly men inside the fis market next tot 94 Saint Nicholas Place in Harlem took action before becoming the next victim of unchecked violence across the city.
In light of several other high-profile incidents where store owners have been beaten or killed, the employee, when confronted by two individuals described as disorderly by police, acted to preserve his own life.
According to detectives with the NYPD, at around 9:45 pm on Tuesday, two men entered the 94 St. Fish market and engaged in an argument with the employees inside the business.
The New York Daily News reported the two brothers sparked the incident after they attempted to steal a container of shrimp. They got violent when confronted, throwing items at market workers.
Police said the men became aggressive and disorderly. That’s when a worker pulled a knife and stabbed the two men multiple times. Police said the victims, a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old, sustained multiple stab wounds during a brawl that broke out inside the business.
Both were transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, where the 25-year-old male was later pronounced deceased.
The second victim was listed in stable condition.
At this time. police have not charged the 34-year-old fishmarket worker. He was taken into custody. Officers recovered the knife used during the incident.
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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Correction: Article incorrectly located the attack inside the adjacent deli. Corrected to fish market.