While police are still trying to figure out exactly why a man was stabbed to death in Queens on Monday, a suspect is in custody, after being chased down by witnesses. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.
A 69-year-old man was stabbed to death Monday, after police say he got into a dispute outside a subway station in Queens.
In a cell phone video, witnesses point to the suspect, who stabbed the man in broad daylight, as a crowd of people watched.
"Everybody was screaming, 'No, no, no, no,' and at the last moment, the young man stabbed him more or less with a 7-inch knife, and stabbed him right in the stomach," said eyewitness Eddie DeJesus.
Investigators say the argument erupted just after 1 p.m. on the street outside the 90th Street station in Elmhurst.
The suspect tried to get away, but quick-thinking onlookers helped stop him.
"It was civilians. Yes, it was men, women, just like people from the area. Whoever saw what happened, they were chasing the guy down," said eyewitness James Brown.
"I ask everybody what happened and then they just say, 'Somebody killed him,' and I say, 'Where's the guy?'" said eyewitness Mauricio Gordello.
The stabbing happened outside Gordello's business. He says he immediately recognized the victim as one of his customers and ran to the 7 train, thinking the suspect was there.
"I told the person in the booth, 'You gotta stop the train. There's a dead body down there, so stop the trains. The killer is here,'" Gordello said.
Thanks to bystanders, who jumped in to help, witnesses say the suspect was taken into custody on the scene.
Witnesses say an undercover officer ultimately arrested the suspect, after a foot chase.
The victim, who is known well in the area, died at the hospital.
"I'm in the neighborhood for the past 40, 50 years, and this is the first time that I've seen this," DeJesus said. "I don't want to see it again."
So far, charges in this case are still pending.