A panhandler allegedly stabbed a man in the neck for refusing to give him a dollar in Brooklyn on Friday morning, witnesses and police said.
A panhandler known in the area as “Omar” allegedly walked up to the man near the corner of New Lots Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard in East New York around 8 a.m. and asked him for a buck, witnesses and cops said.
“Get out of my face,” the man told him, according to witness Mattrell Merritt-Coles.
“He didn’t give him a dollar. They posted up like they was about to fight. Omar just stabbed him. [The victim] threw his coffee at Omar. Omar started running,” Merritt-Coles recounted to The Post.
“[He] was on the ground, bleeding.”
Merritt-Coles said the panhandler used a “steak knife” to stab the man and ran off down the street, past a pair of police officers who were posted to the area. He was apprehended shortly after, police said.
Concerned residents soon swarmed the officers and screamed for help as the victim lay bleeding on the sidewalk, Merritt-Coles said.
Cops called an ambulance but ended up transporting him to Brookdale Hospital on their own because the ambulance was taking too long, police and Merritt-Coles said.
“The ambulance responded when it was all over with. Probably 20 minutes later. That’s why they put him in the car, when they saw the ambulance wasn’t coming,” she said.
Additional reporting by Gabrielle Fonrouge
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