Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harlem deli worker charged with murder after fatally stabbing man who tried to attack him behind counter

via  NY Daily.
A Harlem deli clerk was charged with murder Friday after fatally stabbing a man relatives say was a serial shoplifter, sending him running down the street with a knife still stuck in his gut.

The drama began simply enough around 7 a.m. Friday at the A&S Candy Grocery on W. 145th St. near Lenox Ave. with an argument involving two men and the clerk. The men threatened Ahmad Hafeed, a 22-year-old store employee, and then stormed off.

Police said the two men returned to the store around 9 a.m. One of them, a 46-year-old man, had a knife and slashed at Hafeed as he stood behind the counter. Hafeed backed away and grabbed his own knife. He ran from behind the counter to confront the two men, surveillance video shows.

During the struggle, Hafeed, a native of Yemen, stabbed his would-be attacker several times in the midsection before the man broke free and ran from the store — the blade still sticking out of his stomach.
Story here. 

Interesting.  Make sure you follow the link to read the whole thing but this sounds like a clear case of self defense.

Why NY Police would charge the guy is beyond me.

What I find interesting is the dynamic here.  People of middle eastern descent have "set up shop" in the hood for quite awhile now.  It's just one of those dynamics that you of those "true cliches" that everyone hates.

Store keeping is just part of their culture...or rather the desire to be store keepers.

Anyway that's going off on a tangent.  I look forward to hearing more about this story.  If it is as is being reported then New York has adopted European sensibilities when it comes to self defense (I'm assuming that his coming from behind the counter to confront the criminals is at least part of the reasoning from the they have a "retreat" part of their self defense laws?).

Note.  Yes.  I am assuming the criminals are black although they failed to identify them.  The location would seem to imply that.

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