On Friday night, Austin Simon, 34, was stabbed by a bodega worker inside the Broadway and West 139th Street store.
Video of the stabbing shows Simon pushing the worker, Jose Alba, 51, then confronting him.
As Alba tries to get away, Simon goes after him again, at which point Alba reaches for a knife and stabs the man repeatedly.
He is now being charged with murder in what appears to be a clear case of self-defense.
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To fully understand how ludicrous this is, note that Simon was much younger and in far better shape than Alba.
He had jumped the counter to confront Alba for reportedly being rude to his girlfriend.
Simon was overly aggressive to the point that Alba was clearly in fear that he was about to be brutally beaten by this man (you can see the video on the New York Post website).
Alba told his daughter, “It was either him or the guy at the moment.”
She added, “He’s never hurt anybody. He’s never had an altercation where he had to defend himself. This is the first time for him.”
I have to be honest, watching that video, I would have done the same thing.
The argument reportedly started because Simon’s girlfriend’s EBT card was declined, so Alba took the chips back that her daughter had.
Simon’s girlfriend then knocked over a counter display and ran home to get Simon to tell him that Alba had disrespected her, and Simon returned to the store about 10 minutes later to confront Alba.
Bragg has since charged Alba with murder in a case that appears to be clear self-defense.
Alba appears to have no criminal record, while Simon has eight prior arrests and was on parole for assaulting a police officer after serving prison time in that assault case.
Source: New York Post