MIDTOWN SOUTH (PIX11) -- Surveillance video will be "critical" in catching a man suspected of stabbing a man twice, inflicting mortal wounds that he succumbed to on a sidewalk near Times Square Tuesday night, investigators said.
The victim’s identity is being withheld until his family is notified. No arrests have been made, police said.
Officers responded about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 213 West 40th St. after receiving a call that a man was unconscious in front of that building.
When they arrived, they discovered the 36-year-old victim laying on the sidewalk, unconscious and unresponsive.
EMS loaded the man into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital. On the way there, they discovered two stab wounds to the man’s torso, police said.
The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police said the deadly encounter likely began as a dispute inside the New Star Cafe on Seventh Avenue between 39th and 40th streets.
"Right now, we have recovered video from inside and outside the cafe," said Robert Boyce, NYPD chief of detectives.
Authorities said the attacker may be homeless, and it appears there may have been a prior altercation between the pair earlier in the night.
"It would appear that the individual who was stabbed had gotten into a previous argument outside on 38th Street and Eighth Avenue and then met up with this individual about two hours later at about 9:30 at night when this occurred," Boyce said.
Investigators are compiling footage from private and city cameras to "daisy chain" a more accurate timeline of the night.
"The video is going to be absolutely critical in this," Lifrieri said.