East Village stabbing suspect booked for manslaughter in victim’s death

Police at scene of East Village knifefight
A man was stabbed to death in the East Village on May 28, according to police.
Photo by Dean Moses

Police have charged a Brooklyn man who allegedly stabbed a man to death in the East Village on Saturday night.

Quon Alford, 28, of Rockaway Avenue was booked Sunday on manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon hours after the fatal stabbing of Michael Gillegbower, 31.

Law enforcement sources said the bloody incident took place at approximately 10:14 p.m. on May 27 on East 10th Street and Avenue C, just as Memorial Day weekend was getting into full swing, police sources reported.

Officers from the 9th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call regarding an assault in progress, found Gillegbower, 31, of the FDR Drive with numerous stab wounds about his body. They also located Alford, who suffered a stab wound to his back.

Police said Gillegbower was stabbed multiple times in the shoulder, back, and neck, leaving him in a pool of blood. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Blood at the scene. Photo by Dean Moses

Alford, meanwhile, was taken into police custody and rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

“This is a peaceful block, nothing bad usually happens around here,” one local female resident told amNewYork Metro as she watched detectives comb over the scene beside a puddle of blood. 

The street remained cordoned-off to everyone but residents for several hours as the investigation unfolded.

Updated at 7:35 a.m. on May 29

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Photo by Dean Moses