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WARNING GRAPHIC: Shouting Match Over Cheap Umbrella Leads To Fatal Stabbing In NYC

August 22, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
WARNING GRAPHIC: Shouting Match Over Cheap Umbrella Leads To Fatal Stabbing In NYC

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A shouting match over a cheap umbrella ignited a deadly reign of terror on a Harlem street corner.

One man was killed and his girlfriend critically injured Friday morning when a breakfast brawl between two feuding couples exploded into a savage knife-stabbing frenzy, cops said.

“There was blood everywhere,” said an eyewitness to the carnage that occurred outside the McDonald’s at 125th St. and Lexington Ave. around 8:10 a.m. Minutes earlier, the warring twosomes were jawing about the ownership of the flimsy-looking umbrella.

A horrifying video obtained by the Daily News captured a man in army fatigues, a huge curved knife in his right hand, plunging the blade three times into the back of an unsuspecting woman.

The victim was wrestling with her attacker’s girlfriend, each one clutching and twisting one end of the umbrella in a bizarre tug of war, when she was stabbed from behind on the busy street.

The man wielding the deadly blade looked “like he had just come back from a safari,” and carved the woman up quickly, said an eyewitness.

The fight on the corner of Lexington Ave. and 125th St. in Harlem broke out over an argument about an umbrella in a McDonald’s, witnesses said.

Nobody stepped in to break up the street fight, with spectators instead intently watching it or milling around once it ended.

Jesus Santiago, 46, and his girlfriend Monica Hernandez, 36, were arrested, although no charges were immediately filed.

“A fight over an umbrella,” said community activist Jorge Senquis, 46, who watched the wild brawl. “Two women started fighting, and a guy comes in and stabs the guy and the girl. In that moment, it took everybody by surprise.”

Nancy Estevez, 46, was rushed to Harlem Hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds to her torso. The unidentified dead man, who was apparently armed with a box cutter, died at the same hospital.

Locals said the slain victim was a homeless man who lived on Wards Island and came to East Harlem to visit a neighborhood methadone maintenance clinic.

Santiago was apparently able to disarm the other man before stabbing him repeatedly in the abdomen and chest, a police source said. A box cutter was recovered by cops at the scene, but it was unclear if the knife was found.

A police source said the argument might also have involved money, and sources at the scene indicated there was existing animosity over a $35 drug debt owed to Santiago.

According to Senquis, the homeless man was a well-known local figure: “He was a nice guy. He was always out here on the block.”

The umbrella umbrage began inside the fast-food restaurant, where the two couples were shouting across the tables at each other. “That’s my umbrella!” one shouted before McDonald’s security ushered the quarreling quartet outside.

The festering feud spilled onto the sidewalk and escalated once they were outside the restaurant. A second short video of the confrontation showed the two men wrestling on the sidewalk, with Santiago lying on his back before the other man runs away.

A third clip shows the mortally wounded victim lying in the Harlem crosswalk with the injured Estevez in the street only a few feet behind him.

East Harlem barber Carlos Rodriguez, 30, said the neighborhood could use more cops. “That’s crazy,” he said about the fatal attack on the busy thoroughfare. “People are always getting hurt. The NYPD needs to have more security around here.”

Earlier this year, six teenage girls were arrested after assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a Brooklyn McDonald’s in yet another videotaped attack.

 

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