Angel Silva, a 47-year-old man, was taken into custody as one of the suspects in the brutal stabbing of Jyleal Conner, 36, on a Bronx street corner. The tragedy unfolded on Saturday the 26th, around 11:35 a.m. near E. 149th St. and Bergen Ave. in the Mott Haven neighborhood, according to police.
Conner, a dedicated father to four boys and a daughter, suffered multiple stab wounds inflicted by two individuals. After the attack, he was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, but sadly, could not survive the injuries. As per reports from Daily News, the perpetrators quickly dispersed, making their escape on foot.
Ebony Conner, the victim’s older sister, lamented about how Jyleal had only recently relocated to the Bronx from Philadelphia. He had been staying with their uncle in an apartment that was less than a mile from the crime scene. “He came here hoping to begin anew,” Ebony Conner shared, recounting that her brother was talented in various fields, including haircutting and singing. But doubt seemed to cloud his hopes as he wondered if he made the right choice moving to New York.
Silva’s arrest followed the release of surveillance footage showing both alleged attackers. It is crucial to note that the charges against him are, at this point, allegations, and he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has yet to ascertain a motive behind the heinous act or whether the assailants were acquainted with Jyleal. The hunt for the second suspect continues. The NYPD has urged anyone with any pertinent information to reach out through various communication channels, ensuring confidentiality in all exchanges.
Rising Knife Crimes in NYC
A recently released NYPD report paints a worrying trend: a 29% increase in fatal stabbings this year in comparison to pre-pandemic figures from 2019. Incidents involving knife assaults have been observed in a myriad of environments ranging from streets, homes, and schools to public transportation and even retail locations, amplifying the need for public vigilance and community cooperation.