REVEALED: Brooklyn man, 28, who was stabbed to death in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village in its first murder in YEARS was killed during fight over a cigarette lighter – as crime soars 90% in area and attacks surge across NYC
- Samer Abdalla, from Brooklyn, was knifed in the stomach in Greenwich Village
- It came after fight with four men on Sixth Avenue near West 4th Street at 1.30am
- Horrified witnesses said he collapsed into a car before being rushed to hospital
- Four suspects fled the scene after vicious attack and no arrests have been made
A 28-year-old man has been stabbed to death in Manhattan’s trendy Greenwich Village – its first murder in years.
Samer Abdalla, from Brooklyn, was knifed in the stomach after a brawl with four men over a cigarette lighter on Sixth Avenue near West 4th Street at around 1.30am.
Horrified witnesses said he collapsed into a car before being rushed to hospital where he passed away.
Four suspects fled the scene after the vicious attack and the NYPD said no arrests have been made.
Shocking pictures from the scene show blood covering a Toyota as well as a bloody pack of Marlboro Red.
It came just hours after another murder in the city last night as a man was hacked to death outside a gas station in Queens.
Greenwich Village rarely sees violence and is awash with younger residents who frequent its popular bars and restaurants.
But it comes amid a tsunami of crime battering New York City as mayor Eric Adams comes under fire again to stamp it out.
Shocking pictures from the scene show blood covering a Toyota as well as a bloody pack of Marlboro Red
Samer Abdalla, from Brooklyn, was knifed in the stomach after a brawl with four men on Sixth Avenue near West 4th Street at around 1.30am
Horrified witnesses said he collapsed into a car before being rushed to hospital where he passed away
Police were scouring security footage from local businesses after the Greenwich Village attack.
They launched an urgent murder probe but detectives said they were yet to make an arrest.
A male witness called Ryan said: ‘It’s absolutely scary what’s going on, someone got stabbed.
‘If it doesn’t change now Mayor Adams has to do something because if he doesn’t it’s just going to run ramped. We live around the corner, not even a block away.
‘It seems like a lot of talk and not a lot of action from the mayor and it’s only got worse over the last couple of months.’
Another, Niall O’Leary, told Pix 11: ‘It’s very upsetting to think that somebody got stabbed, so I’m very concerned.
‘We all look out for each other in the neighborhood, but when something like this happens, you’re extra cautious.’
Madelynne Appleton added: ‘It’s really concerning living on the street, and crime in New York has gone up, and that’s stressful being a student.’
Four suspects fled the scene after the vicious attack and the NYPD said no arrests have been made
Greenwich Village rarely sees violence and is awash with younger residents who frequent its popular bars and restaurants. Pictured: One of the locals
Greenwich Village rarely sees violence crime and has not registered a murder for years.
But other crime is on the up as it spiked by 90 per cent in a year amid a wave of thefts, NYPD data shows.
Mayor Adams warned yesterday it could only get worse across the city if the Supreme Court strikes down a state law requiring gun owners to have a license.
He said he suspects the court will toss the century-old gun guidance, adding: ‘After what we saw the Supreme Court did on abortion… we should be very afraid.’
He continued: ‘In densely populated communities like New York, this ruling could have a major impact on us.
‘We are now looking with our legal experts to see what we can do. But we should all be concerned.’
America’s highest court is expected to issue a decision in the case, brought by a New York gun group that wants the permit law repealed, in the coming weeks.
The law the group seeks to repeal took effect in 1911, and requires licenses for New Yorkers to possess firearms small enough to be concealed.
The car and street were still taped off on Friday morning as the city awoke to yet another killing
Eric Adams spoke earlier this week during a press conference where he displayed a stash of ghost guns taken off the streets