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Prosecutor Alvin Bragg ignores Post’s questions about a New York bodega worker

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Monday ignored the Post’s questions about Big Apple Bodega employee Jose Alba – amid mounting pressure to drop the murder charges against the worker.

The embattled prosecutor was silent when he first arrived at his downtown Manhattan office on Monday and gruffly walked in without a word when The Post asked him if he had any comment on the controversial case of 61-year-old Jose Alba.

Bragg has faced fierce backlash since his office decided to charge Alba with second-degree murder for killing an ex-con who assaulted him behind a Manhattan bodega counter last week.

Surveillance footage of the deadly ordeal showed the bodega employee fighting an enraged Austin Simon, 35, just moments before Alba stabbed him to death at the Hamilton Heights grocery store on July 1.

Surveillance video from inside the Friday night "Hamilton Heights' Grocery on Broadway at 139th and Broadway.
Friday night surveillance video at the Hamilton Heights Grocery on Broadway and 139th.
United Bodegas of America officials announced over the weekend that they would be meeting with Bragg on Tuesday.
United Bodegas of America officials announced over the weekend that they would be meeting with Bragg on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Alvin Bragg ignores questions about New York bodega worker Jose Alba as he arrives for work this morning.
Prosecutor Alvin Bragg ignores questions about New York bodega worker Jose Alba as he arrives for work this morning.
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A new video obtained by The Post on Sunday appeared to show Simon’s girlfriend allegedly pulling a knife from her purse during the chaos and stabbing Alba in the shoulder.

Simon later died in hospital from his stab wounds and Alba was promptly taken into custody and charged.

The ex-convict’s girlfriend was not charged in the case.

Jose Alba leaves the graves and enters the custody of the NYC Sheriff's Dept on July 7, 2022 in New York.
Jose Alba leaves the graves and enters the custody of the NYC Sheriff’s Department on July 7, 2022 in New York.
Alex Tobacco

United Bodegas of America officials announced over the weekend that they would meet with Bragg Tuesday to ask him to drop charges against Alba, arguing it was a case of self-defense.

The group also suggested that following Alba’s arrest, the Big Apple should adopt a local version of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

“Mr. Alba clearly defended himself against a younger and stronger man who attacked him,” said UBA President Radhames Rodriguez.

“Mr. Alba didn’t have time to think when his life was in danger. The videotapes clearly show who the attacker was in this case. Austin Simon went behind the counter to hit Jose Alba and possibly kill him, Jose just defended with everything he could get his hands on.”

Alba was initially held on Riker’s Island on $250,000 bail until Bragg’s office negotiated a reduced amount that allowed him to secure $5,000 bail after an extensive investigation.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/11/da-alvin-bragg-ignores-posts-questions-on-nyc-bodega-worker/ Prosecutor Alvin Bragg ignores Post’s questions about a New York bodega worker

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