NEW YORK – A New York man was stabbed to death inside a Times Square Dave & Buster’s after an incident at the popular arcade restaurant, police said.
In a statement released Sunday, the New York Police Department identified Allen Stanford, 39, of Manhattan, as the victim of Saturday’s attack.
Jesse Armstrong, 41, has been arrested and charged with murder, police said Sunday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could provide comment on his behalf.
Police received a call around 10.45pm on Saturday about an ongoing assault and arrived at Dave & Buster’s, where Stanford had been stabbed in the chest.
Stanford was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, police said.
The New York Times and Post, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, reported that Stanford and Armstrong began fighting in the prize area of Dave & Buster’s. Stanford reached a high shelf with an award box that fell near Armstrong and a young girl, the newspapers reported. The Post reported that surveillance cameras captured the incident.
The two men then began to fight and Armstrong pulled out a knife and stabbed Stanford, law enforcement sources told the newspapers. The Post reported that a Dave & Buster employee identified Armstrong after fleeing to a nearby subway station.
Dave & Buster’s is a restaurant and arcade where patrons can win tickets to redeem for prizes. The Times reported that a drone was the prize box that fell and led to the fight.
The knife attack comes amid a drop in murders but an increase in assaults in New York this year. Murders are down 13%, but felony assaults are up 21% so far this year, according to NYPD statistics. Crime is still well below its peaks in the city in the 1980s and 1990s.