Police arrested a man accused of stabbing a good Samaritan in New York City who stepped in to break up a fight that spilled from a gambling den on to the street.
Around 9:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Yong Zheng, 46, had just finished dinner with his family and friend in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood when they witnessed a fight between two groups.
According to police, after a robbery inside the illegal establishment, several men chased after the pair of suspects and confronted them.
Video surveillance footage obtained by New York City’s WCBS-TV appears to show Zheng run across the street to the groups facing off. He then walks back along the crosswalk clutching his side with both hands before collapsing.
Zhen, who was stabbed four times in the fracas, later died at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.
Police took into custody 45-year-old suspect William Smith after they tracked the car he used to flee the scene. He now faces murder, assault and robbery charges.
Smith is an ex-con arrested in 1996 for manslaughter, law enforcement officials said. Records show a judge sentenced him to five to 15 years behind bars for the crime, and he was released on parole in 2006.
“I want them all arrested, I want them to be executed,” the victim’s wife, Jin Zhao, 39, told the New York Daily News of the men allegedly responsible for the robbery. “Every time I look at my son,” who is 4, “I think about the fact that he has no father.”
Zhen’s friend, Xiong Lin, also tried to help during the incident and was cut. Lin explained Zheng got involved because he believed he was witnessing an anti-Asian hate crime.
Police said two other men suffered knife wounds in the attack — a 42-year-old was stabbed in the back while a 39-year-old was cut on the chest and twice in the arm.