What to Know
- An argument inside a Bronx deli lead to a man being stabbed to death, with his killer still on the loose, police said
- The victim went into the store around 1 p.m. and bought a drink, then went to sit on a bench and returned to pick up a sandwich
- The victim got into an argument with a man he may have known inside the deli, and was repeatedly stabbed in the torso
An argument inside a Bronx deli lead to a man's stabbing death, with his killer — the bodega owner's son — under arrest, police said.
The incident began around 1 p.m. Thursday in the Longwood neighborhood, police said. The victim, Franki Williams, went into the Robinson Deli and Grocery and bought a drink, according to a friend, and went to sit on a bench across the street.
He then went back into the store he frequented to get a sandwich, but never came back out, the friend told NBC New York.
Williams got into an argument with the deli owner's son, police said. Williams' wife said to NBC New York she was told workers suspected her husband of stealing a beer, which triggered the fight.
The dispute escalated and Williams was repeatedly stabbed in the torso, police said. He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After an angry crowd gathered outside the deli as a result of the killing, demanding police make an arrest, 26-year-old Ronny Torres was brought into custody, police said. He was charged with murder, and arraigned late Thursday night.
Cops are still investigating what happened, and Williams' wife doesn't want to believe that she lost her husband due to a disagreement over a beer.
"We're going to get justice for my husband," she said. "My husband didn't deserve that."
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or submit a tip on the Crime Stoppers website.