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Manhattan Stabbing: Man Killed in Electric Bike Theft on Lower East Side of Manhattan

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) – A bicycle courier delivering food was brutally stabbed to death and stripped of his electric bike early Saturday in Manhattan.

Police said officers found a 51-year-old man with a facial wound and a stab in the abdomen around 1:05 a.m. on Hester Street on the Lowest East Side, near Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

The crime scene closed FDR Park in Lower Manhattan, just outside Chinatown on Forsyth and Hester streets.
Police said the victim was able to alert a Parks Department employee who was in the area.

The Parks Department employee saw the suspect ride an electric bicycle.

The victim was transported to Bellevue hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police crime scene units were able to recover evidence in the area.

Detectives have searched for surveillance video and are still looking for a suspect.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
This is the second homicide in the region in less than 24 hours.

On Friday night, a 16-year-old was shot and killed after gunshots rang out near a busy Manhattan intersection.

These two deadly crimes caused people to rethink their sense of security.

“I have always felt safe in this area, shocked to hear that something had happened during the night,” said Hannah Song, a resident of the neighborhood. “I have always walked here with my friends at night.”

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