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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Hispanic man killed in parking lot fight in first New York homicide of 2023

The fatal stabbing wasn’t the only crime on the first day of the year, according to police.

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A man was stabbed to death during a dispute over a parking stall in the Bronx on Sunday, in what would be the first homicide of 2023.according to officials.

The victim, identified as 63-year-old Sergio Garcia, was stabbed by a 38-year-old woman.In front of a building on College Avenue near East 170th Street in Claremont Village a few minutes before 4 a.m., police said.

“They were involved in an altercation with an unknown group over a parking spot,” a police source told the New York Post. “This man got killed for a parking spot.”

Police said the man and woman reported to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where Garcia was pronounced dead and the woman in stable condition.

No arrests related to the case have been made so far.

Some police data showed there were 418 murders in the five boroughs during the year 2022 as of Christmas Day, compared to 481 in the same period a year earlier.

The fatal stabbing was not the only crime committed on the first day of the year, officials said.

New York police said a man was stabbed in the stomach at East 21st Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s Flatrone district at around 2:30 p.m.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The suspect in this particular crime was wearing a yellow jacket and gray jeans. Authorities said the perpetrator fled on foot down 21st Street. The motive that led to the crime is unknown.

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