NYC bodega worker arrested for fatal stabbing over chips: cops

A Manhattan bodega employee was arrested for allegedly stabbing a person to loss of life throughout a struggle over a bag of chips, police mentioned Saturday.

Jose Alba, 51, is accused of plunging a knife into the chest of 37-year-old Austin Simon contained in the Hamilton Heights Grocery on Broadway close to West 139th Avenue late Friday night time, the NYPD mentioned.

The violent struggle stemmed from an earlier argument Alba allegedly had with a lady who was trying to purchase a bag of chips however apparently didn’t have sufficient money to pay for the snack, cops mentioned.

The client, who had entered the shop with a baby, then stormed out and summoned Simon, an NYPD spokesman mentioned.

The 2 males bought right into a verbal spat that “turned bodily” when Simon apparently “went across the counter” and attacked the shop employee, who then “selected to take a knife and plunge it into the sufferer’s chest,” the spokesman mentioned.

Police bought to the bodega after receiving a 911 name of an assault in progress there at about 11:05 p.m. — and located Simon stabbed twice within the chest and as soon as within the neck, cops mentioned.

EMS took Simon to Harlem Hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.

Alba was hauled in for questioning and later charged with homicide and felony possession of a weapon. Police recovered the knife on the scene.

The incident was considered one of two lethal stabbings reported in Queens and Harlem late Friday and early Saturday, police mentioned.

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