Private sanitation worker in Queens stabbed two men during dispute: cops

Queens crime scene
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Two men in Queens were stabbed after getting into a dispute with a private sanitation worker early on Saturday morning, police reported.

Law enforcement sources said the attack occurred just before 4:19 a.m. on Feb. 3 in the area of 71st-Continental Avenue and Austin Street in Forest Hills.

According to police, the two victims — ages 34 and 35 — got into an argument with the private sanitation worker, believed to be a 30-year-old man, for reasons that remain under investigation.

The words eventually turned violent, authorities said, when the trash man pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the two men. Following the assault, the worker fled in a private garbage vehicle in an unknown direction.

Police said the wounded men sought treatment via private means at nearby Long Island Jewish-Forest Hills Hospital, where the attack was reported to the 112th Precinct.

Authorities said the 34-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his abdomen, and the 35-year-old man was stabbed in his chest. Both victims were listed in stable condition.

Police said the private sanitation worker was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt and dark pants with reflective material. He remains at large at this time.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.