New York store worker charged with fatally stabbing homeless man who violently attacked elderly manager: report

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A New York smokehouse worker has been arrested and charged with murder for stabbing a 59-year-old homeless man who allegedly got into a fight with the store’s elderly manager.

The New York Police Department said it responded to a 911 call around noon Saturday about a man stabbed at the Magic 7 Smoke Shop located at 174 W. Fordham Road in the Bronx.

Upon arrival, officers observed a homeless man, later identified as 59-year-old Kenneth Fair, unconscious and unconscious with a stab wound to his neck.

EMS responded and transported the seriously injured man to NYC Health and Hospitals/Jacobi, where he was later pronounced deceased.


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A preliminary investigation found that the victim “was involved in a verbal argument with a store employee outside the location when the 54-year-old suspect (also a store employee) approached the victim from behind and stabbed in the neck,” according to the gendarmerie.

Kenneth Gowdy, 54, of the Bronx, was arrested and charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident, police said.

The violent episode allegedly began when the homeless man complained as the 78-year-old smokehouse manager was carrying boxes into the store, according to the NY Daily News, citing law enforcement sources. Fair is said to have intentionally bumped into the store manager, before hitting the old man.

NYPD officers are investigating an unrelated shooting at 1461 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, New York on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

NYPD officers are investigating an unrelated shooting at 1461 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, New York on Sunday, July 17, 2022.
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It was then that Gowdy, who works at the store and lives around the corner, approached behind the homeless man and stabbed him in the neck, according to the newspaper.

The director has not been charged in connection with Saturday’s fatal incident.


Gowdy is said to have had nine prior arrests, the most recent of which was in 2011 on a charge of forcible touching. Meanwhile, Fair’s arrest record dates back to 1989 and included multiple felony assaults, robberies and possession of weapons, a source told the newspaper.


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