The recent surge in knife-related violence in New York City claimed another life, as 29-year-old Camilo Pabon succumbed to his injuries in St. Barnabas Hospital. The Daily News reported yesterday that Pabon was stabbed during an altercation stemming from an alleged drug dispute on Aug. 5, near Southern Blvd. and East Tremont Ave. in the Crotona neighborhood, not far from his home in The Bronx.
Witnesses told the NYPD that around 3:20 a.m., Pabon engaged in a heated disagreement with an unidentified individual. As the confrontation escalated, the suspect produced a knife, stabbing Pabon in the back and left arm. Despite being approximately eight blocks from his residence, Pabon was taken by paramedics to the hospital where, after a week-long battle, he passed away on Aug. 12.
Pabon’s record in New York City was clean, with the police reporting no prior arrests. The perpetrator of the crime fled the scene, and authorities have yet to make any arrests or identify suspects. The NYPD urges those with any information related to this incident to contact them at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish speakers. Tips can also be submitted via crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) with the message TIP577. The police guarantee confidentiality in all communications.
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The city has seen a concerning uptick in fatal stabbings this year, with a 29% increase compared to pre-pandemic numbers from 2019. Incidents have spanned a range of locales, from streets and schools to retail establishments and even ATM areas.
In a string of other recent knife attacks:
- A 58-year-old woman was tragically found with fatal stab wounds in her Brooklyn apartment’s doorway.
- A group ambushed a 14-year-old student attending summer exams in Queens and stabbed in the stomach in broad daylight.
- In the heart of Times Square, a man with a history of shoplifting met his end in a clash with a CVS security employee.
- Additionally, a drug-related disagreement inside a Manhattan subway car in June led to the death of a 32-year-old passenger.