A man was stabbed on an Upper Manhattan street on Wednesday, prompting him to swerve into oncoming traffic – right in the path of a car full of undercover cops coming to his rescue.
The 23-year-old victim was walking on Dyckman Street near the corner of Vermilyea Avenue in Inwood at around 2:10 p.m. when a man he knew came up from behind and began lamenting him, according to police and surveillance video showing the was shared with The Post.
An intense fight ensued, footage showed, and the 22-year-old attacker eventually pulled out a knife he had hidden in his clothing and stabbed the victim as the two ran off the sidewalk, police say.
The victim, who has no visible wounds in the video, stumbled into traffic on Dyckman Street in what appeared to be an attempt to escape his attacker.
The car he ran in front of happened to be an unmarked police car, according to Abner Urena, the manager of the jewelry store at Oscar’s Gold and Diamond nearby.
A swarm of police exited the unmarked car, some with guns drawn, and detained the suspected stabber, according to video and the witness.
“The victim realized he was going to lose the fight, so he cut his losses and ran into traffic,” Urena, 31, told The Post. “Fortunately, the car he ran in front of happened to be an undercover police car.
“The cops just came from everywhere. We’re certainly not used to such a response time,” says the branch manager.
Video showed the victim eventually lying down on the street after police handcuffed the attacker.
“The cops cut the guy’s shirt open and I saw multiple stab wounds,” Urena said.
The two men knew each other and got into a verbal argument before the fight turned physical, the NYPD said.
Police officers at work saw the interaction while they were working on another matter and intervened, a department spokesman added.
Police did not say Wednesday afternoon whether the alleged stabber has been charged.
It wasn’t clear what the fight was about, police officers said – although witnesses on the street told the Post it was about a woman.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. His name and the name of his alleged attacker were not released.
Urena, the jewelry store manager, said he no longer wears bling on the streets of Inwood as the area has gotten “hotter than usual.”
“This area isn’t known for being that violent, but crime is definitely on the rise,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s because people don’t have money or they were used to getting everything for free during the pandemic.”
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