Halloween felt like a horror show for Rockaway residents in a Dayton building who were greeted not by trick-or-treaters on Tuesday, October 31, but by an avalanche of police officers running inside to stop a knife-wielding man, who repeatedly stabbed his sister. According to the NYPD, after the officers gave repeated commands to “drop the knife,” and deployed three separate Tasers which had no effect on restraining the man, one officer discharged his weapon once, striking the suspect in the right leg.
The incident occurred inside a first floor apartment at 103-00 Shore Front Parkway, between Beach 102nd and Beach 105th streets around noon. The briefing with NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan was a media circus as numerous newspaper, television and online news outlets clamored in the parking lot behind the building to find out what happened. The briefing was indeed brief as Chief Monahan succinctly revealed what transpired: There was a dispute between the 34-year-old man and his 32-year-old sister, after which led to their mother, a resident of the building, to chase the siblings out. As to what provoked the argument leading to the grisly stabbing, Chief Monahan said that’s still under investigation.
However, he did shed light on the assailant’s troubled background. “The perp has an extensive troubled psychological history and spent time at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and was recently released from Rikers Island, the previous Friday, October 27.” The suspect and the victim were taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. Neither of their names, nor the mother’s were released.
Jesus Nieves, a 68-year-old resident of the Dayton building, said that he was shocked when he heard the shot. “I was in the laundry room on the ground floor when I heard the shot. It sounded like it was coming from the first floor’s staircase. It was a shock to me because I have lived here for over 11 years and have never seen anything like this.”
Nieves, who described the family as racially white, was completely horrified when he realized what happened. “I see the mother and her daughter in the building and shopping around town all the time. Nice people, why and how this all happened is a mystery to me,” Nieves said.
Michael Valentino, also a resident of the building said, change this sentence to:
“As neighbors, we really have to look out for each other. I was with Jesus in the laundry room, and when I heard the shot, I immediately bolted for the stairs to see what was going on, and saw the police. It’s truly sad what happened, and I sincerely hope the family recovers from this,” Valentino said.
According to the NYPD, the knife was recovered, and as of press time, the investigation is ongoing.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS