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A 69-year-old Queens man was stabbed to death Monday in Queens. Rob Schmitt spoke with a man who witnessed the gruesome event and helped capture the attacker.
A 69-year-old man was stabbed to death on a Queens street Monday afternoon, apparently over a cell phone, according to a law enforcement official.
The man was stabbed outside near Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street as he was feeding the parking meter, witnesses said. His attacker allegedly wanted his cell phone.
Eddie De Jesus was in his locksmith shop on 90th Street when he heard the commotion.
"There was a lot of screaming, and all I could see was the guy was stabbing him -- stabbing him and stabbing him," said deJesus.
De Jesus and others ran after the suspect and held him for police. He was taken into custody.
People who live and work in the area were in shock.
"It's very hard to hear this happened just to our neighbor," said Hector Ayarza.
"Getting killed over a phone, it's not right," said De Jesus.
Rob Schmitt contributed to this report.