Bronx man booked for manslaughter in deadly stabbing of victim in vestibule (UPDATED)

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Detectives in the Bronx cuffed the suspect who allegedly stabbed a 40-year-old man to death at an apartment building on Friday night.

Police took Rupert Allen, 54, of East 132nd Street in the Bronx into custody on Saturday afternoon in connection with the killing of Anthony Nieves, 40, who was fatally stabbed in the vestibule of the apartment building where he lived, at 418 East 148th St. in the South Bronx.

Cops from the 40th Precinct found the mortally wounded Nieves at about 7:55 p.m. on Oct. 29 after receiving a 911 call about the attack.

According to law enforcement sources, detectives obtained video footage from moments before the deadly assault which showed Nieves walking into a check cashing business near the corner of Bergen Avenue and East 148th Street.

The footage, which hasn’t yet been made public, shows him running out of the establishment moments later, being chased by an individual, later identified as Allen.

The motive for the deadly attack remains unclear, cops said.

Sources familiar with the investigation said Nieves who had been stabbed in the torso, was still conscious when officers found him in the vestibule.

EMS rushed him to nearby Lincoln Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries moments later. 

Based on a preliminary investigation, Allen was charged on Oct. 30 with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. He has no prior arrest history, sources familiar with the case said.

This story was updated at 9:55 a.m. on Oct. 31.