Stabbing during brawl at Manhattan park leaves man dead, another injured: cops

Police officer at scene of Manhattan stabbing
Police officer at scene of Manhattan stabbing
Photo by Dean Moses

An apparent evening brawl at a Manhattan park on Thursday night ended with a stabbing that left a man dead and another seriously wounded, police sources said.

Authorities said four men had some kind of dispute with two other individuals at approximately 8:32 p.m. on Nov. 16 near an athletic field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, in the vicinity of Broome and Delancey Streets on the Lower East Side.

The fight turned deadly, law enforcement sources reported, when one member of the larger group pulled out a knife and stabbed a 24-year-old man in the chest and another man, also 24, in the torso. 

Officers from the 5th Precinct responded to the incident. Both victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where the man stabbed in the chest died; police have withheld his identity, pending family notification. The second victim was listed in stable condition, is expected to survive.

Sources familiar with the investigation indicate that those involved may be homeless individuals. One perpetrator was seen wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey while another apparently carried a Honduras flag.

Sara D. Roosevelt Park has become widely known over the last several years for harboring a large homeless population which exploded as an “it” spot for unhoused individuals during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locals have reported to amNewYork Metro that the park is also a hub for drug use and sales.

Homeless man sleeps on bench near scene of stabbing at Manhattan park
A homeless individual sleeps in Sara D. Roosevelt Park overnight on Nov. 17. Photo by Dean Moses

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.