HARLEM, Manhattan – A dollar allegedly sparked a deadly stabbing in a Harlem subway station involving a man selling MetroCard swipes and a father whose daughter wanted to buy a swipe, police sources told PIX11 News.
It all began about 9 p.m. Wednesday near the turnstiles at the 116th Street subway station in Harlem, police said.
The victim, later identified as 53-year-old Herbert Burgess, of the Bronx, was illegally selling MetroCard swipes when he allegedly snatched a dollar from a woman's hand as she went to pay for the swipe, according to police sources. A fight broke out between that man and the woman's father, who pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in his torso, the NYPD said.
The suspect has been identified as Julio Velazquez, 48, police said Thursday morning. He's described as standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, police said.
Instead of running out of the station, the victim ran to southbound No. 2 train and boarded the subway, police said. He was found one stop away at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue by paramedics. The victim was rushed in critical condition to a hospital, where he later died, police said.
The weapon used in the attack has not been found, police said.