Suspect ID'd in Stabbing Outside Post Office

Man stabbed to death outside Farley Post Office

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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Suspect ID'd in Stabbing Outside Post Office

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Police are looking for this man, who they believe fatally stabbed Chris Gutierrez in front of the Farley Post Office in Manhattan. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 800-577-TIPS.

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Police are have ID'd and on the hunt for a suspect who stabbed a man to death Sunday night outside of the main post office branch in Manhattan.

Police on Monday identified the victim as 20-year-old Christopher Gutierrez of Manhattan. The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Sirmone McCaulla. McCaulla served in the U.S. Army in Kuwait and has three prior arrests, including for burglary and robbery, reports the Daily News.

Gutierrez, of Manhattan, was stabbed twice in his upper torso Sunday evening outside the James A. Farley Post Office on Eigth Avenue and West 33rd Street at about 5:45 p.m., police said. 

Cops said Gutierrez and the stabber were involved in an altercation prior to the attack -- perhaps because of a accidental bump while walking by each other. The two were squared up to fight before the stabbing, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday. Then McCaulla began walking toward Gutierrez, wielding a knife.

"As they get closer, the perpetrator lunges -- four quick strokes or jabs -- into the victim," Kelly said at a press conference today.

The normally bustling post office is across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn. Station, and just blocks from the Empire State Building.

A German tourist photographed the attack and shared the images with investigators, which helped cops track down McCaulla. Surveillance video from outside the post office also assisted in the investigation.

Gutierrez, who worked at a grocery store in Midtown, grew up in the lower East Side where his devastated family came together to mourn their loss.

"Who the hell would just stab him like that, three times in cold blood?" his mother, Edith Gutierrez, asked the News. "This is a monster."

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