HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan — A homeless man is under arrest after police say he whacked a deli worker with a machete in Manhattan.
The incident happened at Liberty Bagel Deli on Ninth Avenue near 48th Street just after 11 a.m. Saturday, officials said.
He collapsed on the floor, writhing in pain and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Regular customers were so upset.
“It’s shocking because you never think in your own backyard this could happen,” Isabel, a regular deli customer, told PIX11 News.
The machete attack happened morning and within three hours, police had arrested 57-year-old Rigoberto Reyes whom they describe as homeless.
Neighbors say he is a well-known fixture in the neighborhood.
“He usually drinks right in front of the store,” Brian Lopez, a neighbor told PIX11 News. “He probably asked if he could buy something in credit and he said no.
“The guy is just trying to make a living and support his family, it’s not right what he did,” he added.
Reyes is being charged with assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon and trespassing.
“It’s terrible. We come here all the time and we love the people who work here,” Reid Breck, a deli customer, told PIX11 News. “And to see this happen against people in this small community, it’s tough to see,” he added.
The victim, Sukdev Singh, is expected to make a full recovery and is expected back at work soon.