A bodega worker has been arrested in the stabbing death of a Manhattan man, allegedly over a bag of potato chips, which was all caught on shocking video obtained by the New York Post.
Video shows Jose Alba, 51, who has been charged in the stabbing death of the victim, as he stabbed 37-year-old Austin Simon repeatedly. Simon was eventually taken to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead, The Shade Room has learned.
Simon was reportedly coming to a still unidentified woman’s defense after she and her child were turned away from the store for not having enough cash for a bag of chips.
Stabbed to Death After Confronting Store Clerk Over Bag of Chips
The woman then left the store and summoned Simon, who returned to the location and confronted the workers, one of whom was identified by police as Alba.
Simon yelled at the store clerk before shoving him once, and that’s when Alba began the deadly attack. In the shocking video clip, Alba can be seen stabbing Simon in the neck with a large knife at the start of the altercation, drawing blood immediately as the two tussled about the store.
The deadly stabbing occurred at a bodega on Broadway and 139th Street around 11 pm Friday night in Uptown Manhattan, according to police.
Manhattan bodega worker charged with murder. Woman who didn't have enough money for her item, went to the car to get her boyfriend, who then came behind the counter to attack the clerk.. Jose Alba, 51, cut the man up, and is being charged with murder. Held on $250,000 bail. #NYC pic.twitter.com/kZ3Ju5yVDq
— YouDontHaveToWatch (@StarsAndBars123) July 6, 2022
Bodega Clerk Charged With Murder, Held at Rikers Island on $250k Bail
Police confirmed to TSR that they had responded to reports of an assault at the bodega, where they arrested Alba and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Alba was being held on Rikers Island on $250,000 bail as of Wednesday, and is due back in Manhattan court on Thursday, the Post reports.
The fatal stabbing was one of two to occur across New York City overnight on Friday.
The Post reports that a 32-year-old man was similarly stabbed to death after an altercation around 3 am on 98th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. The victim in that incident was rushed to nearby Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.