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Vicious stabbing on quiet Brooklyn Heights street Tuesday morning

NYPD investigating Clark Street attack

February 4, 2020 Mary Frost
People walked to work and school just up the block from Tuesday morning’s stabbing on Clark Street. Photo: William Balardelle/Brooklyn Eagle

A construction worker was stabbed in the chest in a shocking attack on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday morning.

Police from the 84th Precinct responded around 6:39 a.m. to a 911 call about a man with multiple stab wounds in front of 59 Clark Street, an empty storefront next to Hans Market deli.

EMS transported the victim to New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he remains in stable condition, according to NYPD spokesperson Sergeant Jessica McRorie.

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Police blocked off the scene with crime tape as commuters walked to the Clark Street subway station, just feet away, and parents accompanied their children to nearby schools.

Detectives from the 84th Precinct interviewed construction workers The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses property at 21 Clark St. being converted into luxury senior residences. An investigator at the scene said the victim had been working at that project site, which is surrounded by scaffolding.

“Our thoughts are with the victim, who is thankfully expected to make a full recovery,” Peter Wilk at Wilk Marketing Communications, the spokesperson for the 21 Clark Street redevelopment team, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Police blocked off the site of a knife attack on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday. Photo: William Baradelle/Brooklyn Eagle
Police blocked off the site of a knife attack on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday. Photo: William Balardelle/Brooklyn Eagle

Construction workers wearing hard hats gathered into groups on the sidewalk Tuesday morning, quietly talking as detectives fanned out along Willow Street.

The suspect is described as a male black in his 20’s, 6 feet tall, medium build, with close cut hair and a close cut beard. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white hoodie, black sneakers and black track pants, according to NYPD Det. Sophia Mason


Detectives interviewed construction workers at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses property being converted into luxury senior residences. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle
Detectives interviewed construction workers at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses property being converted into luxury senior residences. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle

Detectives putting together the suspect’s movements were also investigating the area in front of a high-end co-op at 128 Willow St. They said that the suspected stabber had been seen standing in front of the basement entrance opening onto the sidewalk there.

Workers in Hans Market told this reporter they thought that the suspect had argued with the victim. A source, however, told this paper that it appears the victim did not know his attacker.

Investigators said the suspect had been seen in front of a co-op at 128 Willow St. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle
Investigators said the stabbing suspect had been seen in front of a co-op at 128 Willow St. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle

There have been no arrests yet. “This remains an active and ongoing investigation,” Det. Mason told the Brooklyn Eagle.

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UPDATE: This story was updated on Feb. 4 with a statement from Peter Wilk at Wilk Marketing Communications, the spokesperson for the 21 Clark Street redevelopment team.

UPDATE: This story was updated on Feb. 4 with a comment that the victim did not appear to know his attacker.

UPDATE: This story was updated on Feb. 5 with a full description issued by NYPD.


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